Older isn’t necessarily wiser when it comes to preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Condom use for vaginal/anal intercourse is lowest among the oldest adults, according to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. Among adults age 61 and older who were surveyed, only 5.1 percent of men and 7.4 percent of women used condoms during recent sex. This is in part because for many older people, the sexual health disaster of their generation was an unwanted pregnancy – not HIV and STIs. They may not be thinking about protection, but seniors are just as susceptible to STIs as younger people.
Please join James Adams, MD, Eisenhower Health for a discussion on sexually transmitted infections and your healthcare options.