Sex After 60: Not All the News is Good

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He's only after one thing, Nana.

From The Orlando Sentinel
By Stan K. Sujka

Behind the front-page Sentinel story "Senior Sex is Alive and Well" is some sobering news that senior citizens should be aware of and definitely not ignore. Like sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases -- STDs -- are on the rise in the senior community. STDs include genital warts, herpes, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AIDS cases alone among Americans over 50 have quintupled since 1995.

The rise in STDs in the elderly can be attributed to a number of factors. More elderly Americans are sexually active with the advent of medications such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. In addition, the population older than 60 is increasing. In the senior-citizen circles, there are approximately 10 women for every man. This ratio favors one man with multiple partners. Given less choices, the elderly are less picky about their sexual partners. Senior citizens as a group don't use condoms, because they relate the use of condoms only with prevention of pregnancy. A lot of senior citizens have a difficult time talking about sex and an even harder time discussing STDs. Seniors may be ashamed or fearful about asking their doctors to screen them for STDs. This is a recipe for disaster.

YourTango’s Take
Debby Downer has been replaced by Stan K. Sujka. Everyone was so excited that older folks were still screwing even if we didn’t like the mental image (loose skin, liver spots, old balls, etc). It gave us hope that one day we would be doing things that nature clearly did not intend us to do. It looks like there is a piper to be paid. Part of the bump in STDs among the greater than 50 set probably has to do with the increasing age of the population but it’s still bad news. Are some of these geezers doing it with young people? Are they trying to steal our youth that way? Oh, Maggie Mae we’re on to your tricks. It looks like these swinging oldsters are going to have to be a little more circumspect about their partners. Stan K. Sujka seems like the kind of guy that wishes you a happy honeymoon and then reminds you that hurricane season is supposed to be especially strong and to be sure to purchase trip insurance. Tanks fer nuttin’!

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