Safe sex for seniors: Dispelling myths and embracing safe practices
We welcome Shannon Dowler, a family physician and author of the book Never Too Late: Your Guide to Safer Sex after 60. In this episode, we delve into the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s and how it challenged social norms, liberated individuals from sexual repression, and transformed society’s perception of sex. We also discuss the misconception that only the younger generation is susceptible to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the alarming rise of STIs among seniors over 55, making them one of the fastest-growing demographics contracting STIs.
We explore why seniors are engaging in unprotected sex at an alarming rate and how they have the lowest condom use of any population. We also emphasize the importance of barrier methods in preventing unwanted infections by blocking the exchange of body fluids. As STIs and infections are at an all-time high, with increases year after year for the past decade, we must confront this rapid increase in people contracting STDs. It’s crucial to educate ourselves about all these common infections and make informed choices about our sexual health, regardless of our age.
So tune in to this informative episode, where we dispel the myths and misconceptions around senior sex, and learn from Shannon’s expertise about the importance of safe sex for seniors.
Shannon Dowler is a family physician and author of Never Too Late: Your Guide to Safer Sex after 60.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Golden years, golden risk: the startling increase of STDs in seniors.”
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