Sexually Transmitted Diseases ( Std )

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are not just a problem of the young; the elderly can suffer from them, too. A common misconception in today’s society is the belief that getting old means saying goodbye to your sex life. Numerous surveys confirm that sexual activity persists among the aging population, and as long as a person remains sexual active the possibility of contracting an STDs, including HIV continues to be a risk(3). A study has shown that more than sixty percent of individuals over the age of sixty have sex at least once a month. However, society rarely would considered them to be at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Even those who are no longer sexually active may still have a sexually transmitted disease in which they may have never had treated. One reason being simply because they did not knowing they had contracted and STD possibly because not display any symptoms. The long term neurological side effects of diseases such as HIV and syphilis may be easily mistaken for other diseases of aging such as dementia (1). Despite the fact that the elderly do engage in behaviors that put them at risk for HIV and other STDs older adults are less likely to perceive themselves at risk and less likely to adopt safe sexual behaviors. Seniors who are considered at highest risk include those with multiple partners, and /or a partner with a known risk factor (5). STDs are reported among older persons, although at lower rates than among younger population. Some of the most common STDs are nongnonococcal urethritis in men and genital herpes in women. As compared to younger people, older individuals more frequently seek care at private clinics and have symptoms at the time of the clinic visit(2). One survey has ... ... middle of paper ... ...ty is happening in the elderly population, and it is also known that the elderly population is not use to being open and talking about there sexual activity. Aging women should also be informed of female condoms if they still do not feel comfortable enough to make a man wear a condom. Women need to be informed that they are responsible for there own safety as well as there partners, and if there partners don’t want to be safe it doesn’t mean they don’t have to be safe as well. Now we know sex doesn’t stop at age fifty, sixty, seventy, or eighty, sex doesn’t necessarily stop in people’s lives at all. If the sex isn’t stopping in the aging population than the risk for sexually transmitted diseases is not stopping either. There is only one for sure way to guarantee there will be no risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and this is by practicing abstinence.
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