Re-entering the Dating Pool
As the post-World War II population boom ages and the children of the '60s enter their retirement years, more and more older people are finding themselves back in the dating game looking for love -- or just good ol' sex. (Just ask the seniors in the recently cancelled reality show Sunset Daze.) Even online dating sites are catering to people over 50, which is great, because younger folks shouldn't be the only ones to have fun and companionship.
But with this comes some safer sex challenges, especially for those who know very little about HIV and condoms -- and who think that, because they are past their childbearing years, they are not at risk. Even for those who do know about the need to use condoms, some older women and men who many have not ever had to negotiate condom use may hit serious obstacles trying to do that now.