Study finds increased cases of STDs among senior population

We often overlook the topic of sex due to societal pressure and norms. Subsequently, the discussion around sexually transmitted diseases often gets lost in the air. It is important to be aware of STDs (and STIs) and the possible symptoms resulting from the condition. If you take necessary protective measures then you can potentially reduce your chances of infliction.

The topic of sex is missed in a lot of our conversations. However, at the same time, we tend to assume senior people to not involving themselves in any sexual activity. The idea is that sex is more of a “young” or “middle age” thing.

Now with the recent statistics available, it is pertinent that we sideline our assumptions. In the first case, we need to acknowledge that older people do indulge themselves in sexual intimacy. It is not to say that they are free from any health problems.

According to the CDC findings as per 2018, 2.3 million people in the USA have been diagnosed with different STDs. About a million others are believed to be in the initial stages of the disease. Yet they are being overlooked by the patient. Among the inflicted, there is a considerable portion of the senior adult age population.

STDs on the rise

Detailed research was done to inquire more about the case. The results show that seniors (above the age of 60) are at great risk of in-office treatments for STIs. These seniors were mostly diagnosed with Herpes, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Hepatitis B. Chlamydia is one other sexually transmitted disease that is witnessing a sharp rise. I

n just three years span (2014 to 2017), the rates raised by almost 20%. This is the biggest increase recorded among all the other transmitted diseases.

A lot of the scientists in the medical field are worried about this alarming situation. They have argued that in most cases, the young population has to face the burden of protecting themselves from STIs. It is due to this approach, that a number of the senior adult population go undetected with their conditions. This is problematic and can be severely consequential in the future.

The gender-based statistics reveal that diseases are prevalent more in men than women. The reason can be attributed with males enjoying higher sexual drive even with age. Apart from that, males having sex with other males can also be a potential contributor. In either sense, it is important to realize that anybody can be inflicted with an STI regardless of age and gender.

What can be done about the problem?       

For starters, a widespread awareness campaign needs to be carried out by the government. The focus should not be geared only towards young people. For sure they might be at risk but all other age groups have an equally likely chance. The campaign activists should inquire senior citizens about their sexual activity to educate them better. For the respondents, it is important that they are entirely honest about their answers.

On the second level, protective sex measures particularly condoms should be encouraged. Most people assume condoms to be made for birth control. That is true but it, at the same time, acts as a shield against STDs.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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