Thanks to drugs like Viagra for men and hormone treatments for women, Americans are staying sexually active well into their 60s, 70s and often time 80s, ABC News reports.
Because of this, many health organizations are gearing sexual education programs specifically at seniors in an effort to remind them of the risks of sexually transmitted diseases that many seniors tend to overlook.
Many older adults either never received any sexual education or have forgotten safe sex habits after years of marriage, the news source reports. In addition, many forego condoms because there is no risk of unwanted pregnancy. All these factors combined have put seniors at risk of contracting STDs and HIV/AIDS. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2005, people over the age of 50 accounted for 15 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses and 24 percent of all people living with the disease.
The Florida Department of Health and many other agencies on aging are calling on younger people to talk to their older parents or grandparents about sex - the talk they once received as teens, the news source reports.