8. You could pick up an STD
Seniors ages 57 to 72, including:
- 72% of men and
- 45% of women
- are sexually active
says this study from The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
Well, good for them, you might say. But STDs are growing fast among the older set.
When you think about retirement communities, “think about sex — unsafe sex,” writes The New York Times:
- retirement communities,
- longer life,
- unfamiliarity with condoms and
- and what do you get?
You get an STD epidemic among the Social Security generation that rivals what we imagine is happening in those “Animal House” fraternities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a rise, between 2007 and 2011, in cases of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, among Americans 55 and older.
Nearly 25% of people with HIV virus infections are 55 or older, according to the CDC.
Cases of syphilis are on the increase in the 55-plus group, too.
STDs are growing faster in areas where retirees cluster, points out Psychology Today:
For instance, in Arizona’s retirement-heavy (and, for what it’s worth, extremely socially and politically conservative) Pima and Maricopa counties, reported cases of syphilis and chlamydia among those 55 and older rose 87% from 2005 to 2009. Central Florida saw a 71% rise in the same timeframe, and South Florida saw a 60% rise.
The solution? Simple: use condoms!