National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day 2017
Let’s say you’re reading an online forum about STDs. Everyone’s posting about their personal STD stories and how having an STD has affected their lives and relationships. Now, what age group do you picture these anonymous strangers being? If you’re like most others, you probably picture a teenager or young adult. But could it be just as likely that the person who was explaining the precautions she has to take in the bedroom with her partner because of gonorrhea could be an 80 year-old, elderly woman with white hair and denchers? Absolutely!
Often times, older adults are left out of the STD conversation because it is assumed they aren’t as sexually active as younger adults or teenagers. However, that is not the case! While people are living longer and healthier lives, they remain sexually active well into their golden years- just ask naughty grandma!
There is even a day dedicated to recognizing and acknowledging the issues older adults face with regards to HIV prevention and treatment- National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day. Celebrated annually on September 18th, this day aims to erase the myths surrounding adults and STDs.
What many people might not know is that the STD rates among elderly people are actually at an all-time high. Therefore, there is a continuous effort to expand awareness about STD prevention (specifically HIV) among the aging population. Several organizations and members of the community strive to implement new ways to provide equal access to treatment and medical care for these individuals on National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day.
The Facts About STDs Among Older Adults:
- It is estimated that 3.6 million people age 50+ are living with HIV worldwide
- 18% of new HIV cases are among those who are aged 50 and older
- A 2010 study of sexual health from Indiana University found the lowest rates of condom use were among people aged 45 and older
- Between 2000 and 2010, the number of chlamydia cases among the elderly age group nearly doubled
- Cases of Syphilis rose 70% among those aged 55-64 between the years 2005 and 2009
At besafemeds, we aren’t about singling anybody out. We believe people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages deserve equal opportunities for STD treatment and prevention. Whether you’re a freshman in college on spring break or an elderly person in a nursing home, you need to be cautious of the guy next store (or the bingo player sitting across from you). If you suspect you may have an STD, Contact besafemeds today to receive private STD treatment.
If you’re interested in how you can show your support and spread the world about National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day 2017, visit The Aids Institute’s website.‹ Back to Blog