Sex Education for Our Senior Population   |   June 1, 2012

shutterstock_278376602We know. You never thought you’d have to sit through another sex education class after you survived high school. It’s time again to revisit a little of that education with our maturity in mind. Recently, we have seen a rapid rise of sexually transmitted diseases in our senior population. What is more concerning than this fact, is the lack of education, awareness and conversation around this new trend. With new advances in our medical field, medications to improve sexuality at an older age and the freedom to date and create new partnerships later in life, this age group is proving they are at risk.

 

In some lights, there is a perceived ‘freedom’ in pursuing a healthy sexual life in the older years. (Without the risk of pregnancy and perhaps the rekindling of those idyllic memories of the past, surely intrigue at least a few). What this newfound ‘freedom’ doesn’t include however, is the knowledge and detrimental effects of sexually transmitted diseases. Combine all of these notions and it’s a perfect storm.

 

How do you play a role in facilitating the sex education for our senior population? Or what role do you think we should play in the conversation?

 

I think we have a responsibility to create an awareness and continued conversation around the issue of sexual health as it relates to our seniors quality of life and our role to enhance it.

 

For more information, check out abc news at  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/02/03/older-people-getting-busy-and-getting-stds/

See how Florida is encouraging the dialogue of sex education on a public platform using a PSA- check it out!  http://youtu.be/1Pfa07ijUCE

 

Comments

  • You can get what’s called a Duo test at 4 weeks after potinteal exposure. This test looks for both antibodies and antigens. The standard antibody-only test has a window period of 12 weeks and it’s recommended you go back to confirm the result at that time. However, the duo test is highly accurate (around 98%) and it’s unlikely the result would change. American guidelines state 6 months, however this would only be necessary if you have some kind of autoimmune disorder. If you have an autoimmune disorder it is something you would be aware of so for the vast majority of people an accurate result can be found at 12 weeks and a very good indication at 4 weeks.If you always use condoms and if you understand how HIV is transmitted and practice safe sex you will not be at risk of HIV infection. This fear you have of HIV transmission indicates that perhaps it would be useful to talk with a health adviser or counsellor to help you learn to control this anxiety. You really won’t be at risk if you know how to protect yourself.

    Comment by Samara — December 11, 2012

  • Testing is recommended 3 mhnots after possible exposure, followed by retesting 6 mhnots after possible exposure. Most people would test positive within 3 mhnots after getting infected. In very rare cases, it may take up to 6 mhnots for someone to test positive.

    Comment by Natuki — December 12, 2012

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