Baby Boomers Should Think More About Unprotected Sex
Richard Gaines, M.D., FAARM, ABAARM
As the “free love” generation enters the retirement years, they are facing a significant sexual health issue. No, not the usual sexual dysfunction associated with aging. Quite the opposite in fact. Entering the post retirement years in better health in general, and with the rise in sexual wellness treatments for both aging men and women, the baby boomers are encountering near epidemic levels of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The Boomers, who remain sexually active, are not giving much thought to protected sex, as they are past they point of worrying about pregnancy. This is also the generation that grew up with the pill and effective treatments for STDs, so condom use was never heavy, even in their younger years. According to experts, this has led to increased risk of transmission of STDs among the Baby Boomers.
According to the latest figures on STDs released by the Centers for Disease Control, transmission rates have spiked dramatically over the past decade among the baby boomers.
At any age, the best way to avoid STDs is to use condoms. In lieu of that, dating and relationship experts with the AARP recommend that seniors, like anyone else, avoid casual sex, “and get to know a person before jumping into bed with them. Then, after a week or so, if you still want to sleep with them, get tested, once you both know you are safe, then you do not have to use condoms, if you do not want to.”
Aging baby boomers and other seniors are enjoying, active healthy sex-lives in unprecedented numbers. If you feel you are not getting the most out of life, maybe you need to see your health professional and evaluate options to improve your sexual wellness.