Sex Ed for Seniors: You Still Need Those Condoms
August 15, 2007
CDC reports that 15 percent of new HIV infections occur among those older than 50, a group that is expected to account for the majority of HIV patients by 2015. Experts say modern developments like Internet dating and erectile dysfunction medications are helping seniors stay sexually active longer. Therefore, "they need to ... see that they're at increased risk, and make sure they use condoms," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
That message may not be getting out, however. A University of Chicago survey found almost 60 percent of unmarried women ages 58-93 said they did not use a condom during their most recent intercourse. In an Ohio University study of HIV-infected people over age 50, 27 percent of men and 35 percent of women reported sometimes having sex without condoms.
Also contributing to the problem:
Some responses to HIV among seniors include:
US News & World Report
8.13.2007; Deborah Kotz
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