According to research in the journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, the rates of sexually transmitted infections have doubled among the over 45 population in less than a decade.
The most commonly diagnosed infection among the over 45s was genital warts, accounting for almost half of the episodes. Herpes was the next most common, accounting for almost one in five.
Cases of Chlamydia, herpes, warts, gonorrhea and syphilis all rose sharply.
Women typically have more symptoms than men, and women 35 to 50 have hormonal imbalances and this may trigger outbreaks.
Boomers get tested!
It is important for Baby Boomers to get tested and then be honest with prospective partners.
"Baby boomers don't go into the doctor's office for a herpes test," a blood test is required.
Boomer's get tested!
Only about 30 percent of the people infected, whatever their age group, know that they are infected.
Sexual activity for boomers does not have to stop after a positive diagnosis.
You just have to be straightforward.
Precautions such as condoms or an antiviral gel or lubricant can help lower the chances of transmitting the virus.
Be honest about STDs
You are still the same person you were before the diagnosis.
Don't be a victim, you are not less attractive, less funny, less moral … It shouldn't change your life.
Being honest is imperative.
People are going to be impressed that you are being honest.
They are going to be glad that you had the guts to tell them.
The problem can be attributed to seniors being left out of the conversation involving safe sex.
Sex in nursing homes is more common than ever. The perception among seniors is that having unprotected sex doesn't matter. They don't need birth control, so they don't use condoms. Wrong. Assisted living residences, retirement homes and families are in denial. Behind closed doors or curtains, elder couples are in fact doing it. I'd like senior facilities to work out plans that allow their residents to have intimacy, including sex, in safe, inviting and protected environments.
Experts believe HIV infection rates among older Americans are likely higher than statistics show.
Many of the symptoms of AIDS are often falsely diagnosed because they mimic the natural aging process, symptoms of both may include night sweats, chronic fatigue, weight loss, dementia and swollen lymph nodes.
The key is to educate baby boomers and seniors.
Many seniors are returning to the dating scene after being divorced or widowed, and many aren't aware of the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases and therefore fail to take the proper precautions.
Testing and educating seniors of all ages is a must. We want them happy, healthy and alive."
Posted: 30 Sep 02:30