One might think that older Americans know more about sex, but that often isn't true. Many older people actually know less about HIV/AIDS and how to protect themselves in comparison to their younger counterparts. Think about it: AIDS wasn't necessarily part of their upbringing when they were learning about sex for the first time.
For many people over 50, using condoms and other forms of contraception is a foreign concept, especially for people who have been married for a long time and during their childbearing years may have relied on birth control pills and the rhythm method to prevent pregnancy. Also, some folks just don't even know basic HIV transmission facts or that unprotected sex and sharing needles are risk factors.
Kellee Terrell is the news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: Herman W
Fri., Dec. 28, 2012 at 8:24 am EST
Eventhough when have made some progress in stomping out HIV infection, we should not get complacent and feel like the fight is over. HIV is always looking for an opening to attack. So with that said, I think that (and this comment is from someone who has struggle with survival for over 20 yrs)we should bomb the groups that are most vulnerable with education and seminars on transmission and prevention, keep HIV infection on our top agenda in schools and stop spreading rumors like the we have beat this virus. There is no cure for AIDS or HIV infection-and that is a fact.
Comment by: ED
Wed., Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:53 am EST
You should add that senior men w/o partners might decide to engage in risky sex with prostitutes. Also, men with ED can't use condoms and don't know oral sex can also transmit HIV and STDs.
Comment by: Sulaiman mr.Lecturer
Thu., Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm EST
Yes the seniors might be at that risky because they lack backgroud of sex education,peer education and god fearing.
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