Condoms shouldn’t go out of style, even when you’re 80

Maybe it’s a paradox – young people want to have long sex lives, but they get grossed out reading about elderly people who still do it. If that’s you, you may want to avert your eyes. Health authorities in the U.S. and the UK are saying that STI rates are exploding in many retirement communities.

That’s right. According to the Oxford Mail, British retirees, many of them in their 80s, are catching infections like gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes and genital warts. Community health officials told the news source that many elderly people simply don’t use condoms.

Similar news has come out of retirement homes around Orlando, Florida, which Click Orlando says are often crawling with STIs.

Why? Because some mature folk feel that they’re unlikely to get pregnant. While that may be true, condoms prevent the spread of all sorts of “gifts” you’d rather not get on your package – so wrap it up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds that many older people simply don’t know enough about STIs to know that using a condom is essential.

Of course, they do understand enough about themselves to know that they still want to get it on – to live that age-old dream, that is to say, the old-age dream. Don’t act so shocked. Maybe you’re just jealous.

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