Sexually Transmitted Infections in Senior Citizens

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The rate of STIs in senior citizens has more than doubled in the past 10 years, a recent study provides some insight as to why

The other day I noted to my roommate about how the rate of STIs in senior citizens has more than doubled in the past 10 years. She immediately shouted out “My grandmother can’t be having sex! You’ve got to be wrong!”

A Discussion Nobody Wants To Have

Her reaction got me thinking about the topic of sex lives of older people, and why it’s so taboo. America seems to be more and more progressive these days, yet this is still a discussion nobody wants to have.

Researchers of a recent study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections believe that the high divorce rate and the ease of finding sexual partners on the internet may be partly to blame.

Older Americans And STI Testing

They also believe that many older Americans are hesitant to get tested for STIs or STDs, if they get tested at all, because of the negative social stigma attached to it. If that’s not enough reason, another cause could also be the lack of updated sexuality information available to them.

Young people aren’t the only ones dealing with sexual health issues!

Samantha Seeger

is a recent graduate of Indiana University with an undergrad degree in Gender Studies and a double minor in Psychology and Human Sexuality.
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