Were you surprised by the title? Yes? So, were the doctors and everyone who came across this news. Generally, you’d expect young people with little or no information about safe sex and sexual health would be major target of sexually transmitted diseases. But according to the numbers posted by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, during the past one year the number of STDs among Americans aged 55 and above rose by a staggering one hundred and sixty four percent. Isn’t that shocking?
Once you look deeper into the increasing number of cases of syphilis and gonorrhea among older adults, the answer to the question emerges itself. But before we move on to what can be done to prevent the spread of STDs among older Americans, let’s clear one thing up – young adults are still the most affected demographic when it comes to STDs. It’s just the rapid increase in cases of older adults which has raised concerns.
So, just in case, the headline gave you an idea that ‘hey, I’m young so I’m probably safe’. But guess, what you aren’t. Better stick to safe sex habits to ensure your health and sexual wellness.
Now, back to the matter at hand. The sharp rise in cases of STDs in older Americans can be associated with several factors such as lack of awareness of how STDs spread and how to use modern contraceptives or engaging in sexual encounters with multiple partners after divorce or death of their spouse.
What needs to be done?
With age, the body’s ability to fight infections and recover swiftly diminishes – that’s what makes it important to ensure older Americans practice safe sex practices as well. From frequent testing to spreading safe sex awareness, there are a number of measures which can be taken to prevent the rapid spread and increase in STDs in elderly people.