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Seniors and Sex, Safe Sex and STD Prevention for 50+, Inside E Street—... Skip to content

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Seniors and Sex

Why are STDs on the rise among older Americans?

While there are no definitive figures available, there is no question that sexual activity among older Americans has risen dramatically over the past decade, and with it, a rise in STDs. The combination of Viagra and internet dating, which both came into vogue around 1998, gave seniors two necessary ingredients for continuing their sex lives: ability and opportunity.

Justin Goforth joins Lark McCarthy to discuss the need for more HIV prevention for people 50+.  Goforth is the Director of the Community Health Division at the Whitman Walker Clinic which specializes in HIV-AIDS care in Washington, DC.  He talks about the reason why people over 50 often do not practice safe sex. Goforth also suggests how often people should get screened.  

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