There is also a misconception amongst older men and women that STIs only cause infertility so people past their reproductive years don’t account for other risks such as pain, discomfort or contagion.High divorce rates amongst seniors and more relaxed attitudes to sexuality are resulting in changing sexual behaviours of seniors and more sexual partners.
Joy Kimpton and her husband George met online when they were in their seventies.
Shortly afterwards, George invited Joy to travel to Tahiti with him and they eventually married.
They say their intimacy is important to them, but their adult children haven’t quite come to terms with their relationship.
There has been an explosion in the number of older Australians using online dating sites, with many having easier access to virility and hormonal drugs if they need some extra help. Elderly Australians have a comparatively low knowledge of safe sex practices.
They grew up at a time when the norm was to marry their first sexual partner. Being past their reproductive years, many aren’t insisting on condom use.
As a result, rates of sexually transmitted infections amongst older Australians are rising faster than in any other age group.
There’s also the question of how to manage sexual activity in nursing homes. And some nursing staff aren’t sure how to cope when family members request visits from professional sex workers for their elderly relatives. advertisement promotes the importance of using condoms.
Presenter: Jenny Brockie Follow @jenbrockie Producer: Fanou Filali Follow @Fanoupanou Associate Producer: Kym Middleton Follow @kymmiddleton 2013 UN Media Award: 'Promotion of Positive Images of the Older Person' In the past five years, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases among active seniors has risen over 70% in Florida alone. (STIs), but the rate of STI diagnoses is growing faster than any other group.
Family Planning NSW found women aged 40 and over are much less likely to insist on condom use than younger women.
Post-menopausal women won’t insist on condom use because they don’t need to prevent pregnancy.
Older men with erectile problems might be avoiding condoms because they find them an added impediment to sex.