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Study Illustrates Importance of Safe Sex and STD Testing For Older Adults

November 18, 2010
 
The Indiana University Center for Sexual Health Promotion recently published what they claim is the most comprehensive study on sex in the last 20 years.  The survey was conducted on nearly 6,000 teens and adults from ages 14 to 94 and the facts revealed were both fascinating, who isn't interested in the lurid details of your neighbors sex lives, and surprising. 
 
The data reveals  a trend that adults over the age of 50 are having more casual sex than previously thought.  More than 25% of older men and women most recently had sex with a "casual partner" or "friend."  They had the lowest rates of condom use with over 90% of older men not using a condom when they had sex with a casual acquaintance.  The research also shows that older adults are unaware of the need for STD testing with nearly 40 percent having never had an HIV or STD test.
 
Older generations need to be made aware of the importance of safe-sex and routine STD testing.   Diseases such as Herpes, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhoeae are on the rise in older adults, who may have been spoiled by years of marriage.  Reentering the dating scene can be rewarding and staying sexual active helps maintain vitality.  However, it is critical to be aware of the need for safe sex and STD testingHIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis are life threatening afflictions that can be avoided through practicing safe sex and routine STD testing.
 
TV, internet pornography, and Viagra have contributed to this geriatric orgy.  Personally I foresee a idyllic future where older adults will make new friends with benefits with STD testing results in hand.  In support of my vision the Indiana University survey does show that current adolescents are much more likely to practice safe sex and get and routine STD testing than older adults.