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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: 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: 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: 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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