If you think your retired parents who have settled into a low-key retirement home or senior living community are spending their time playing checkers and watching soaps, think again! They may be running around having sex just like college kids let loose in a dorm for the first time. Senior citizens, contrary to popular belief, are often still sexually active. And they are spreading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
According to the Center for Disease Control, since 2007, the incidence of syphilis among seniors, those 65 and over, is up by 52 percent, and the number of chlamydia cases has risen 32 percent. The rapid increase in STDs among older people is similar to STD trends in the 20- to 24-year-old age group. The rate of STDs among seniors has been growing steadily for the last several years, doubling from 2000 to 2010. The UK is seeing similar increases. The largest increases in STDs were in Arizona’s retirement heavy counties where cases of syphilis and chlamydia in those 55 and older rose 87% from 2005 to 2009 and in Florida. Unfortunately, a larger number of those over 55 are also contracting and living with HIV. (more…)