September 27, 2012
The Croydon Borough Council in London, England, has produced a sex-advice pamphlet for the elderly to raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and prevent STD transmission. The campaign resulted from the results of a study, which indicated that casual sexual relationships among pensioners aged 45 to 64 years are creating an increase in STDs. According to Labour Councillor Maggie Mansell, pensioners are "fitter" and "more active" than previous generations. Also, they started their sex lives "after the pill and before AIDS" and had not been accustomed to using condoms. She stated that although the older citizens did not need contraception, they needed modern advice. Mansell said that, in London, cases of syphilis in 4564 year olds increased tenfold -- from 52 in the year 2000 to 503 in 2009. For individuals older than 65 years the number quadrupled -- from 7 in 2000 to 32 in 2009.