Surprise! Seniors are leading the sudden surge in STD cases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are most common among the younger population but that does not mean it doesn’t affect our older population – it simply means no one is talking about it.

Americans are enjoying longer, healthier lives and, as a bonus, longer sex lives. But that can mean trouble, too.

The introduction of Viagra, online dating and high divorce rates have all led to an increase in STDs among the elderly.

Sexually transmitted diseases are rapidly spreading among people over the age of 50 and it is believer to be cause by a lack of sexual education. Men and women over the age of 50 are not as educated in sex and STDs as our younger population.

In fact, a recent study found that between 2005-2009, there were more new cases of Chlamydia and syphillis among people over 55 than among youth.

Many seniors think that because the risk of pregnancy is no longer an issue, there is no need for protection. But that is wrong. If you change partners later in life you should always practice safe sex and protect yourself against the risk of STDs.

According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the 50+ demographic represents 10% of all new AIDS cases. And an estimated 250,000 people nationwide are living with AIDS and don’t even know it.

The best way to prevent a sexually transmitted disease is to educate yourself and your partner. Have regular screenings to ensure you have not contracted anything. And don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about safe sex and ways you can protect yourself from STDs.

Just like it only takes one time to get pregnant it also only takes one time contract an STD.

You can learn more about types of STDs and their treatment by visiting the website of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. To find out if you might have an STD, the STD Wizard offers a confidential questionnaire that will answer many of your questions.