Safe Sex for Senior Dating
People in their 20s are constantly being bombarded with advertisements about Chlamydia, HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted infections, but how many seniors are taking these messages to heart?
If it’s true that when you sleep with someone, you’re also sleeping with all of their previous partners as regards your risk of contracting a sexually-transmitted infection, then seniors are actually at a greater risk, because their partners are more likely to have more prior partners.
Some sexually transmitted infections, such as Syphilis, Chlamydia and Herpes Simplex, can lie dormant in a person’s body for decades, but are passed on easily through unprotected sex. That is why it is extremely important to protect yourself, as the health complications associated with these diseases increase with age.
How to Protect Yourself
The rules for protecting yourself against sexually transmitted diseases are the same across all age groups. Here are some basic rules you can use.
1) Always wrap it up – Use a condom, even if you are also using a diaphragm or another method of contraception. Condoms are, by and large, the most effective method of contraception and protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
2) Get some lube – In older couples a condom can absorb a lot of the natural lubricant that normally occurs during sex, so it might be necessary to provide a little extra lubricant. This might be awkward at first, but it soon becomes a natural part of sex. Make sure to always use a water-based lubricant, as oils or oil-based lubricants like petroleum jelly can cause a condom to break
3) Get tested – the only way to know for sure whether neither of you is at risk is to go and get tested for a full STD panel. This will normally test for all major STDs, plus any extras that your doctor recommends based on your age and when you were last sexually active. (Just like different strains of flu go around, different STDs were common during different decades)
If you are a senior considering dipping back into the love pool, use these tips to help stay safe. Nothing is more important than safety, no matter how old or young you are. Getting out there and having fun is something that never gets old, and neither should you, at heart at least.