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STDs: Not Just Common Among Young People

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When we think of sexually transmitted diseases we normally think of teens, college students and perhaps unmarried or single thirty-somethings. This is not necessarily the case. There have been reports of older people being diagnosed with STDs. Here are two articles on the subject: STDs & the Elderly and Older Adults Risk STDs.

There have also been specifically significant reports of this issue in older women. The link: Even Grandmas Get STDs. Many automatically think that age makes the difference with people making better decisions about their health. This may sometimes be the case, but is not always a reality. The more education a person has about their health, the more they will make better decision to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

What can be done about these numbers and reports? Better yet, how can we stop this epidemic now so that teens will not repeat the same mistakes when they get older? It is important to talk to as many people as possible about how important it is to protect themselves from contracting an STD. While abstinence is the best chance of not becoming infected, more education and literature on the subject is needed. It may also be important to dispel the myth that this is simply a problem for young people.

Talk to your doctor about sex no matter what the age so they can provide suggestions on the how to stay away from STDs. Consider abstinence as an option. Being health savvy is very important in every stage of your life. Dating and becoming sexually active at 50 years old requires some of the same precautions as it does as for a 25-year-old. Remember, you only have one life and it is your responsibility to protect yourself.

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EmpowHER Guest

I think this is great. We have enough problems in the world without having to worry about people contracting diseases that could have been prevented. People be careful and smart.

April 18, 2010 - 4:39pm
EmpowHER Guest

Wow thanks for really pushing that abstinence. What Christian group funded this article?

April 18, 2010 - 3:06pm
EmpowHER Guest

This article it too interested. I truly learned so much from this piece. I am going to definitely look out for my older relatives.

March 27, 2010 - 7:12pm
HERWriter Guide

This article is very real.

The rates of sexually transmitted diseases amongst the elderly are very much a fact, and not because they are as 'obsessed' as younger people about sex.

Some reasons:
-The elderly have not been educated about condoms and "newer" diseases like HIV. Many believe it's a young person's disease - some even believe it's a 'gay' disease. HIV is an equal opportunity destroyer.
-With regard to being careless - doctors do not examine the elderly for STDs in the same way (or frequency) as younger people. Older people may be ignorant of the fact that they are carrying diseases.
-Many elderly tend to think of careless less in terms of getting pregnant. When pregnancy is no longer a risk, they remain unaware at the many types of diseases they may be facing.
-Many women no longer request pap tests once they are over 65.

16% of HIV diagnoses are in people above the age of 50.

And from working with the elderly, I can assure you that the diagnosis of syphilis and gonorrhea are quite high - many not evening knowing they had either, until recent checkups. Symptoms of syphilis were simply thought of as signs of aging or even dementia.

Older people have having lots of unprotected sex and they are not immune (indeed, with weakened immune systems they may be even more at risk) to any sexual transmitted diseases and infections out there.

March 1, 2010 - 12:25pm
EmpowHER Guest

Is this article for real or is it a joke? I can't believe that older people are as careless as kids. Not to put blame on anyone, but when do people make better decision.

March 1, 2010 - 12:04pm
EmpowHER Guest

This article is very enlightening.

February 26, 2010 - 4:44pm
Expert HERWriter

Are older people as obsessed with sex as young people? Say it isn't so.

February 19, 2010 - 9:22pm
EmpowHER Guest

You know, just because someone is older does not mean they don't have sex. It also does not mean that they don't have other problems that come with sex. Grow up people.

February 19, 2010 - 9:14pm
EmpowHER Guest

All I can say is that you learn something everyday. How can adults be preaching to teens and young adults when they are not being careful with their own sexual health.

February 18, 2010 - 8:02pm
EmpowHER Guest

This article caught my eye and is something to be applauded. Some adults are just as careless as teens so they need to be careful and be more in tuned with their bodies and own sexual safety.

February 17, 2010 - 4:43pm
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