When the spring flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing, spring romance is just around the corner. Love is in the air and everyone is catching spring fever, including the seniors at Senior Community Centers, who are still dating, being social and being active.
Christine Holcomb, RN, Senior Community Centers lead nurse, she says “Just because you’re 60 or 80 doesn’t mean you don’t date anymore; it just changes the dynamics.” That’s why it’s important for seniors to have “the talk” with a trusted health care professional or family member to understand the issues surrounding safer sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2006 to 2010 reported cases of STDs in people ages 55 and up increased dramatically.
It is important to remember that safe sex should be practiced at all ages. Here are four tips to help seniors protect themselves in the bedroom:
- Know Your Partner. Before engaging in any sexual relationship, you should know your partner’s sexual history and let each other know if you have ever been tested for STDs, what the test results were, and if either of you have participated in illegal drug use. HIV/AIDS can be transmitted via hypodermic needle.
- Get Tested Together. The best way to protect yourself and your partner is for the two of you to get tested for HIV and other STDs before you start having sex.
- Use a Condom. Until you are in a committed relationship and know each other’s status and history, make certain to use a condom every time you have sex.
- Talk to Your Doctor. If you have additional questions regarding sex and how to protect yourself, consult with your health care provider.
Sex is a healthy part of aging. When seniors protect themselves from STDs, they can continue living a long, active life and they can enjoy their Spring romance in their future.