Think your grandparents are no longer sexually active? Think again.
In the UK, a labour councilor has urged that a sex advice pamphlet be given to seniors 60 years and older who are engaging in casual sex.
According to the Health Protection Agency health report, there has been an increase in the number of individuals in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s having sex with new partners since 2000. In addition, the study also found an increase in all five sexually transmitted infections in the 45-64 age group. Syphilis, herpes, chlamydia and genital warts all have the highest increase between 2000 and 2009.
Syphilis alone has seen a ten-fold increase, from 52 cases in 2000 to 503 cases in 2009. In adults over the age of 65, the number of syphilis cases quadrupled, from only seven cases in 200 to 32 cases in 2009.
The Croydon Borough Council has announced it will be having its first ever sexual health strategy, in order to caution individuals about the risk of sleeping around. According to Councillor Maggie Mansell, there are more physically active and healthier seniors than ever before. She recommends the council should create a brochure that discusses sex at 60.
The brochure will discuss the risks of casual sex, and raise awareness about sexually transmitted infections. Mansell believes, today's seniors began participating in sexual intercourse before AIDS and did not become accustomed to using condoms.
The new sexual health strategy aims to improve the overall sexual health of people living in Croydon and boost sexual health awareness to help residents make educated decisions regarding their sexual health and wellbeing. The new measures will include a nurse-led sexual health care provision in general practices for all age groups and will encourage patients to have HIV tests.