The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that among all age groups, rates of STDs are going up, and the greatest rise appears to be among seniors. There are several theories among experts about why STDs are becoming more common in older adults. Men have access to drugs for erectile dysfunction, which could mean they are having sex more often. According to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, a high midlife divorce rate and online dating may also be factors. For example, sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen decline as you age, but these changes affect everyone differently. Many causes for decreased libido can be treated.
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Sexuality in Later Life | National Institute on Aging
Many people want and need to be close to others as they grow older. For some, this includes the desire to continue an active, satisfying sex life. With aging, that may mean adapting sexual activity to accommodate physical, health, and other changes. There are many different ways to have sex and be intimate—alone or with a partner. The expression of your sexuality could include many types of touch or stimulation.
Horny old broads, dirty old men. These commonly used terms speak volumes about how society views older people who are interested in sex. Experts say such derogatory labels reflect a deep level of discomfort in our youth-oriented culture with the idea that seniors are sexually active. Sex is identified with reproduction, youthful attractiveness, and power -- and most young and even middle-aged people do not want to confront the inevitability of growing old. So sexual intimacy among older Americans is a subject that people don't talk about much.
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