For many people over 50, the thought of being at risk for HIV doesn't cross their minds. But they're not alone in this thought: There are way too many doctors and health care workers who refuse to acknowledge that older people are having sex. And we all know that couldn't be further from the truth.
According to a study by the University of Chicago, 60 percent of men and 37 percent of women 50 years old and above report engaging in sexual intercourse a few times per month.
This particular silence poses some serious problems, especially since older people are less likely to talk about their sex lives or drug use with their doctors. And so if doctors are not leading the conversation about risky behaviors, they are missing prime opportunities to test and educate, which in the end only places people over 50 further at risk. Perhaps this is why so many older people are being diagnosed with HIV with extremely low CD4 counts and serious HIV-related health issues.
Kellee Terrell is the news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: Irish American
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.
Comment by: Sassy
Sat., Jun. 27, 2015 at 11:34 am EDT Very well said! I couldn't agree more!
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.
Comment by: solo
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
Comment by: Jack o'lanter
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.
Comment by: Raa
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. ( : > )
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: Bertha
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
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.
Comment by: Sassy
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
Wed., Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:59 am EST
Does anyone PROOF their work anymore? There are MANY missing words in this article.
Comment by: Sassy
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!
Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)
The Body is a service of Remedy Health Media, LLC, 750 3rd Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017. The Body and its logos are trademarks of Remedy Health Media, LLC, and its subsidiaries, which owns the copyright of The Body's homepage, topic pages, page designs and HTML code. General Disclaimer: The Body is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through The Body should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.