STD Cases in Elderly on the Rise

By: Kisha Henry Email
By: Kisha Henry Email

September 26, 2011

Sex isn't just for the young. Across the US, statistics show STD cases among the elderly are on the rise.

There's more going on in retirement homes than just dominoes. Statistics from the state health department show AIDS and HIV cases among the elderly have steadily increased over the past 12 years.

Health experts are blaming the increase on a lack of education, a lack of screening and a weaker immune system.

"They don't have to worry about pregnancy, so a lot of older individuals are not worrying about pregnancy so they think, 'Well, I don't need to use a condom,' says Larry Shockley, an STD expert.

"Ummm, Mom, I think there's something that we need to talk about. You've talked about it with me, so I think it's my turn to talk about it with you," says Heather Pugh, an Oklahoma resident.

Health officials are now launching STD prevention programs catered to senior citizens.

Another prevention solution?

"The birds and the bees conversation" reversed.


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  • by people are so nasty anymore Location: fl on Sep 26, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    if you got to worry about catching something everytime you have sex it is not worth it.AIDS KILLS.
  • by i will just stick to my horse i know where she has been Location: ga on Sep 26, 2011 at 08:52 PM
    big deal what happens in the old folks home stays in the old folks home.
  • by VillageGal Location: S. GA on Sep 26, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    I believe the Feds are still furnishing Viagra to individuals with HIV and AIDS. Whoo Hoo.
  • by Your Point is? Location: Tallahassee on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    Exactly what is the point of this article. They are not going to infect the younger generation. So what exactly is the point, is it about Medicare expenses. I think it is about disrespect for privacy. The statistic serves no other purpose.
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      by Not cross. on Sep 26, 2011 at 04:47 PM in reply to Your Point is?
      Isn't moving across generations the reason STDs still exist. Joe(68) sleeps with Sally(51), who sleeps with Jay(52), who sleeps with Sandy(29), who sleeps with Joey (24)...
  • by Mary Location: Tally on Sep 26, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    Good ole Viagra.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    maybe syphilis is a cure for dementia or maybe syphilis is a cure for dementia or where am I and who did I just do
  • by A on Sep 26, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    They all think they are safe. After all, they come from a time where "everyone waited until marriage" and kept "only 1 partner for life" and now that one partner is deceased, they have opportunity to run around like all of us heathen young people. Then they believe that the person they are about to sleep with truly only had one partner so there are no STDs to worry about right?! Hey old people- everyone lies and everyone has sex; Please use protection! (Obviously, I exaggerated some statements to make my point).
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      by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:50 PM in reply to A
      Life is short, and when you're elderly it is really short. Might as well live dangerously now that you've lived so long.
  • by Anon on Sep 26, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Where are the parents
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:59 PM in reply to Anon
      hahaha
  • by Daphna Location: Valdosta on Sep 26, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    Define 'elderly' please.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:49 PM in reply to Daphna
      Someone who should know better!
  • by MA on Sep 26, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    I can not think of a more awkward conversation than one where I tell my grandparent to go buy some condoms.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM in reply to MA
      Why don't you just give them a box. They probably can't get to the drug store as easily as you. better yet buy a case every week for the nursing home - just imagine the look on the clerk's face as you buy whole case of condoms every week.
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