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Would it Be Awkward to Get STD Screened With Your Granddad?

It’s cute that granny still likes to get her kicks. Viagra helps grandpa’s continue getting their swerve on. Hearing about either of them getting a STD at their age…well that’s unsettling.

The elderly have to be reminded of a lot of things the older they get…where their glasses are, did they put on their medical alert bracelet, to turn off the stove when they’re done cooking…and even though they may be retired, sexually transmitted diseases don’t. They remain hard at work.

An advertisement featuring senior citizens simulating sexual acts has sparked shock and outrage from consumers.

The video campaign, released by US organization  SaferSex4Seniors.org,

is designed to promote safe sex through use of condoms, following news that STDs among sexually-active seniors in Florida had risen by 71percent over the past five years.

Some support the promotion of the cause, but not the shock tactics.

The 30-second video, released on YouTube, elderly men and women mocking the kama sutra friendly sexual positions. One scene has a holding a woman upside down on her elbows. And no one needs the imagery of those over 70 participating in fellatio.

Warning: once you’ve seen it–you can never UN-SEE it…

Safe Sex For Seniors PSA

“Nobody wants to think about let alone picture their Grandma doing it,” Gothamist.com said. (I agree!)

Twitter users and Bloggers near and far have plenty to say on this visual presentation. Granted they’re all pretty shocked. But there are a lot of shocking things going on out there and fact that libidos are still in effect isn’t the point here. It’s the spreading of these diseases.

The rates of STIs among older adults, including syphilis and gonorrhea, have doubled in the past decade, and HIV infections have almost doubled as well.

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases have doubled among 50- to 90-year-olds in the past decade.

Authors of new editorials want to know why this STD rates has risen so much within this age group.

According to the Feb. 2 issue of Student British Medical Journal.,

an estimated 80 percent of 50- to 90-year-olds are sexually active. This activity has contributed to rises in cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea among 45- to 64-year-olds in the U.S. and the U.K.

According to CDC estimates, there were almost 900 cases of syphilis in 45 to 64-year-olds in 2000, and in 2010, the number grew to more than 2,500. In the elderly age group, 6,700 people were diagnosed with chlamydia in 2000; by 2010? 19,000. The number of new HIV diagnoses in people over 50 has also doubled between 2000 and 200.

Seriously, why?? Well…

  • Maybe they just stayed sexually active.
  • They no longer worry about pregnancy, and so aren’t thinking about the risk factors for STDs either.
  • Or blame it on the drugs. The increased popularity of erectile dysfunction drugs that have made sex possible for millions of aging men.

According to a 2010 study that examined the relationship between erectile dysfunction rates and STD rates among the elderly, the dramatic rise in STD cases coincides with Viagra’s introduction in 1998, HealthPop reported.

Other than these reasons it remains the surge is unclear. On top of that there isn’t a lot of research even studying it.

“If you want to know about sexually transmitted infections in teens and younger adults, there are plenty of studies to look at, but there is almost nothing to tell us why rates are increasing among older adults,” says Rachel von Simson of King’s College London, who co-wrote an editorial published in the journal Student BMJ.”

Source: WebMD

In AARP’s 2010 report “Sex, Romance, and Relationships,” their nationally representative sample found among the findings that:

-Close to 3 out of 10 respondents (28%) said they had sex at least once a week, including almost half of those who were single but dating or engaged and 36% of those who were married.

-Eighty-five percent of men and 61% of women said sex was important to their quality of life.

-Just 12% of single men who were dating and 32% of single women who were dating reported always using condoms during sex.

(It should be noted that reports have also revealed that “men who used erectile dysfunction drugs had higher rates of STDs before they purchased the drugs.”  It’s recommended that physicians should discuss STD risk when prescribing the drugs.)

Older patients may be reluctant to discuss their sex lives, and their physicians may be reluctant to bring the subject up.

Shock lasts for a moment. Let it wear off (maybe wash your eyes out with soap), and hopefully necessary conversations will get to happening…before other things get to happening if you know what I mean.

The creators of the newly viral video “Safer Sex For Seniors, aim to provide ‘accurate, up-to-date information from experts in the field’.

For more information check out: http://safersex4seniors.org/



About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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