STD’s are Prevalent in Nursing Homes
Typically when you think STD’s, you probably think this refers to single, young adults or perhaps college students. Well it may come as a surprise, but the number of STD’s being spread in nursing homes is on the rise.
Since 2005, the number of syphilis and chlamydia cases among those 55 and older has increased over 40 percent. This rise has even gotten the attention of the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
For those in areas like Arizona and Florida with large retirement communities, the number of syphilis and chlamydia cases is even higher. So why are these numbers on the rise?
Sex is becoming more possible with products like Viagra and other similar medications. So with more seniors living in nursing homes or retirement communities with more socializing, sex is much more feasible.
So the sex makes sense, but the STD’s? Experts say that this generation did not receive the same abundance of safe sex messages like younger generations receive now. So just because their older, when it comes to safe sex they may not be wiser.
In fact, those 55 and older are more susceptible to contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Especially when you factor in heart disease, diabetes and hypertension medication, seniors become much more prone to diseases like these. Unfortunately in this case, many STD’s have no symptoms and go untreated, making seniors more prone to other infections.
Not only are condoms necessary at any age, so is being tested and being honest with your doctor. While seniors may not be concerned about an unwanted pregnancy, safe sex is still important.
With respect to STD screenings, individuals should be targeted based on their sexual activity and not their age.