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.
Kellee Terrell is the news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: Lars
Sat., Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm EST
Here in the Netherlands and other parts of north- and western Europe gaymen over 50 years began to feel frustrated about a whole sexual live with condoms and many will think; let's finally enjoy bare. Gaymen usually have no children and getting really old will mean a lonely, depressed life for many of them. So they will think let's enjoy bare now in our last decades of sexual chanches.
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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