Senior Sex (cont.)
In this Article
- Introduction to senior sex
- What are the normal physical changes with age?
- What causes sexual problems as we age?
- What else may cause sexuality problems?
- Am I too old to worry about safe sex?
- Can emotions play a part?
- What can I do to have an active sex life as I age?
- Find a local Geriatrician in your town
Am I too old to worry about safe sex?
Age does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Older people who are sexually active may be at risk for diseases such as:
- chlamydial infection,
- genital herpes,
- hepatitis B,
- genital warts,
Almost anyone who is sexually active is also at risk for being infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The number of older people with HIV/AIDS is growing. To protect yourself, always use a condom during sex. You are at risk for HIV/AIDS if you or your partner has more than one sexual partner or if you are having unprotected sex.
For women with vaginal dryness, lubricated condoms or a water-based lubricating jelly with condoms may be more comfortable. A man needs to have a full erection before putting on a condom. Talk with your doctor about ways to protect yourself from all sexually transmitted diseases. Go for regular check-ups and testing. Talk with your partner. You are never too old to be at risk.
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