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5 Reasons Why Seniors Are at Risk for HIV


Re-entering the Dating Pool

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.

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Comment by: Oarswell (NYC) Thu., May. 26, 2016 at 1:28 am EDT
Please promote the use of female condoms. They cover and protect more of the external genital skin area and can be inserted before sexual activity. They are one size fits all and are do not inhibit erections. These should be promoted and available. Some Walgreens and CVS stores carry them and more will if you ask. FC2 is the name of the current model. They can also be found in many adult shops and online. Be careful and have fun!
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Comment by: Irish American (Roanoke VA) Mon., Jun. 1, 2015 at 8:47 am EDT
The person that wrote this is obviously an ill informed person. I am 61 and lived in NYC in the early 80's and believe me that was ground zero for the AIDS Epidemic. Prior to AIDS there were other diseases and that was why we wore a condom. Unwanted pregnancy was another, a condom was a way for a man to use birth control and protect against disease. All these things were already in use, so this article writer is blowing smoke. If this drivel is what passes for news then we need a revolution. Shame on the person that wrote this piece, a 3rd grader could have done a better job.
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Comment by: Sassy (AR) Sat., Jun. 27, 2015 at 11:34 am EDT
Very well said! I couldn't agree more!
Comment by: JD (Baltimore,MD) Wed., May. 4, 2016 at 1:24 am EDT
I could not have said it better. The author of this article is very uninformed.

Comment by: Otis Glazebrook (San Diego, CA) Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm EDT
This article is ridiculous! The premise is false. We are to assume that baby boomers are all of a sudden going to start engaging in sex with gay and bisexual men and iv drug users? This type of similar false concern came out in the 90's, claiming that everyone was a potential aids risk, rather than the gay/bisexual/ iv drug users. Was it meant to spread the blame for aids or reduce the homosexual stigma? It sure appears that way, as transmission to straight and non-drug users/associates is very rare.
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Comment by: Kram (92637) Sun., Jun. 28, 2015 at 9:06 am EDT
CDC data says 75% new aids hiv are gays

Comment by: Carolyn (oklahoma) Mon., May. 25, 2015 at 12:21 am EDT
Yay! Good old fashioned morality is still works. Think I will go with that.
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Comment by: solo (chicago) Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 at 7:27 am EDT
I think everyone,,,wen changing partners should be check... There r people out here advertising dis HIV. And proud of it DAT dey gave it to over 50 different men. And one admits she got it and gave it to 85 other men
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Comment by: Jack o'lanter (san diego) Sat., Mar. 14, 2015 at 4:05 am EDT
Idiot this was around in our time and even before and we are in our 60's. Its just that there are plenty of ignorant people around believing this bs that your saying.
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Comment by: Raa (San Diego) Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm EST
Everything is either fatting, unhealthy, immoral, or against the law. Choose your poison.
No one is getting out of here alive anyway but you are home free because creators are responsible for the outcome of their creations as well as their creations. ( : > )
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Comment by: Lars (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 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.
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Comment by: Herman W (Piscataway, NJ) 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.
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Comment by: ED (Phoenix, CA) 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.
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Comment by: Bertha (Here) Sat., Jun. 27, 2015 at 11:27 am EDT
How ignorant! You obviously don't know much! Men with ED CAN use condoms if they're taking viagra, cyalis, etc to help with that otherwise, having sex is next to none! What makes you think senior men don't know oral sex can transmit STD's? BTW, HIV IS an STD! What makes you think senior men w/o partners might turn to a prostitute? What an idiot!

Comment by: Sulaiman mr.Lecturer (Bauchi,Nigeria.) 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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Comment by: Sassy (AR) Sat., Jun. 27, 2015 at 11:32 am EDT
Really? Maybe in your part of the world there's a lack of sex education, but certainly not in the US1 I'm a senior who had sex education, peer education(as you call it)50 yrs ago and practice moral behavior!

Comment by: English Teacher (Southwest FL) Wed., Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:59 am EST
Does anyone PROOF their work anymore? There are MANY missing words in this article.
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Comment by: Sassy (AR) Sat., Jun. 27, 2015 at 11:37 am EDT
I agree! If the author had PROOF, we'd see foot notes, which there are none!

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