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.