STDs Soar Among Seniors
Chlamydia and syphilis rise faster than national average
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2011 2:11 PM CDT
STD rates are rising among seniors.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Maybe it’s longer lives; maybe it’s Viagra. Either way, STDs are soaring among seniors—and climbing faster among older adults than within the population as a whole. Reportings of syphilis and chlamydia among those 55 and older jumped 43% between 2005 and 2009, the Orlando Sentinel finds in a study of CDC data. Syphilis climbed faster than the national average among those 55 to 64: Older adults saw a 70% rise in reported cases, 10 percentage points higher than the average for all age groups.

Meanwhile, chlamydia rose some 54% among seniors, twice the all-ages average. Why the spike? It may be because senior generations didn’t have the safe-sex training younger generations received, resulting in less condom use. It could also be that more seniors are living in retirement communities—potential social hotspots. The data has prompted Medicare to mull covering seniors’ STD screenings, as well as perhaps providing behavioral counseling for sexually-active seniors.

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Derni
Apr 19, 2011 9:51 PM CDT
Glad to see they're enjoying what time they have left..just give the meds to clear up the STD and send them back to bed..and not alone :)
brawne
Apr 19, 2011 9:44 PM CDT
Yeah--no one mentioned herpes in the article. Getting herpes, a virus, just means you didn't get a good dose of chicken pox. Might get shingles though so get the vaccine. If you're over 50. Herpes is a genetic weakness for the virus. The other stuff they mentioned is bacteria--way more wicked but oddly also easily treatable with two weeks of antibiotics. I think every man should take two weeks of antibiotics every year just cause they don't go to the doctor and get the q-tip in their peepee hole the way woman get that cervix scraped. I wouldn't have sex without a condom cause men are idiots. Now--I wouldn't at all cause like most menopausal women I could care less. Women fucking after 55--put a bullet in your head. That's why there are young women who give a shit.
XueNicole
Apr 19, 2011 8:31 PM CDT
70 million are afflicted with STD in the U.S. alone and an estimated over 400 million worldwide. There is an exclusive community HerpesFinder--com for singles and friends with STD. If you just need to find someone to talk to or need help or advice, this is the best place.