Sex, Seniors and STDs
Confirming what we already know, the Department of Health and Human Services reported than in 2011 and 2012, 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries received free sexually transmitted disease screenings and counseling sessions. In addition, more than 66,000 received free H.I.V. tests.
But while it is certainly good news that Seniors are availing themselves of screening and counseling services, it comes at the same time that the rate of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) is rising rapidly among our demographic. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that the incidence of chlamydia infections and syphilis in the 65 and older population has risen by 31% and 52% respectively from 2007 to 2011.
This is not good news and speaks poorly of us as responsible adults. We must learn to walk-the-walk if we talk-the-talk about safe sex to our kids and grandkids. As single guys, we well know that single women outnumber us with every passing year so, coupled with the cornucopia of potential partners available in senior living scenarios, we have to make it a priority to make certain we are being appropriately cautious when we enjoy the company of new lovers!