Any sexually active individual is likely to be infected with any kind of sexually transmitted disease, the old and young alike. In recent years, there has been a tremendous increase in records of STDS in old people, ages 50 and above.
In the UK, from 2004 to 2018, statistics recorded an increase in 23% for adults over 60years of age with men between ages 45 and 64 accounting for 18% and women of the same age bracket, the remaining 4%. Among these STDs are high rates of gonorrhea and genital warts increasing to 56% within a period of 10years in people (ages 50 and above) in the United Kingdom. In England, old adults (ages 65 and above) infected with syphilis, genital herpes and chlamydia shoot up to 1,845 in 2018 relative to 1,312 in 2014.
The number of old adults infected with chlamydia almost doubles in the space of 4years, between 2012 to 2016, in the United States of America as revealed by recent research. The report holds that the number of people ages 55-64 infected with Chlamydia within the said dates increased from 4,950 to 9,321 respectively.
Because of many reasons, some of which are; high divorce rate, losing a spouse, new sex partners, online dating aimed at spending just a night together mostly practiced by aged people, little or no formal education on sex and STDS, many elderlies get into promiscuous sexual engagements. Again, with an advance in the medical world, medicines that resolve erectile dysfunction have also encouraged sexual activities in older men.
So long as age does not protect anybody from STDS, and with the rate at which older people are engaging in sexual activities, they must be educated on safe sex and STDS as dangers of unprotected sexual relationships.