Australia: Sex and the Septuagenarian
August 22, 2008
New research indicates the degree to which older Australians are sexually active and their potential risk for STDs.
"It is now evident a substantial proportion of people living with HIV are 50 years and older," Minichiello said. "The second wave involves not only men but women who start dating again and feel that condoms are just for kids. For irrational reasons, they feel safe from STDs."
Claire Hetzel, a Melbourne psychologist, said because many doctors do not see older people as sexual, "they don't always run an STD test." She established an advocacy group, Desirable Outcomes, to educate people in health care settings about the sexual health needs of older adults.
The Age (Melbourne)
08.19.2008; Annie Lawson
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