1 out of 10 elderly having unprotected sex in South Korea
Recent findings from the Urology Department at St. Vincent's Hospital highlight the growing issue of older adults having more unprotected sex than before, as life expectancies continue to rise in many countries and seniors engage in more active lifestyles.
The research revealed that 1 out of every 10 seniors surveyed did not engage in safer sex practices, according to The Korea Times. In fact, more than a quarter (26.2 percent) said they did not use condoms at all when they had sex. Around 28.2 percent said they used condoms occasionally. This put them at a higher risk for various common STDs including syphilis, herpes and chlamydia.
"With the rising life expectancy and improving health conditions, a growing number of senior citizens are seeking an active sex life," professor Choi Hyun-seobof the Urology department explained to the publication. "But there are only a few studies concerning the sexuality of the elderly, making it difficult for medical professionals to adequately understand pending issues on sexual health of the aged."
The news provider reports that health ministry statistics show that in just two years, the number of South Koreans older than 65 who have venereal diseases rose by 20,000.
These problems are far from exclusive to South Korea. In the United Kingdom, officials recently issued a warning to people over 50 who are still having sex, because there is an increased risk of HIV among older adults who are still sexually active, according to The Mirror.
It's important to know how to use a condom, no matter what age you're having sex, and this is no less true for seniors. In the United States, STD rates are steadily rising among older adults, in part due to internet dating and Viagra, according to AARP.org.