Syphilis, chlamydia rates increase 43 percent among older adults

A recent analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there was a 43 percent spike in chlamydia and syphilis rates among older adults – particularly baby boomers – from 2005 to 2009, according to The Lansing State Journal. The effects are most pronounced in areas with high populations of seniors, such as Arizona, Florida and California. 

The rate rose faster than the average for the United States. While Americans with syphilis rose 60 percent, boomers aged 55 to 64 experienced a dramatic increase of 70 percent. Chlamydia rates among Americans increased an average of 27 percent, but boomers had a rate of around 55 percent.

In part, this emerging sexual health problem among mature Americans may be due to the fact that they no longer choose to use condoms because of a lower risk of pregnancy. However, these common STDs could prove to be serious issues and Medicare officials are looking into whether the government-funded program should cover STD testing. Sexual behavior counseling may also be a feature of the initiative.

"The flower children who were in their 20s back in the 1960s are now in their 70s," Dr. Jason Salagubang, a geriatrician on staff at Florida Hospital Apopka, told the publication. "They're the make-love-not-war generation, and old habits die hard."

The key is to make sex both enjoyable and safe at the same time. In addition to using a condom every time during intercourse, it may also be a good idea to look into personal lubricant or a LifeStyles™ vibrating ring. A good sex life is something that can last forever – an Australian study found that, of older men aged 75 to 95, nearly half viewed knocking boots as an important part of their lives, according to AARP.org. 

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