Pensioner Pox on the rise

081124old-age-sex2Vice has some interesting statistics and details about pensioner sex.

The idea that people lose interest in sex as they age is more or less a myth. According to some estimates, 70 percent of men and 35 percent of women over 70 are sexually active. (That gap might have something to do with women generally outliving men—it’s harder for single older ladies to find sex partners.) About 43 percent of seniors say their sex drive decreases with age, but the the notion that all old people inevitably lose their earthly appetites is simply untrue. Many of the elderly deal with physical problems that make sex complicated—in plain English, it’s often difficult for them to get hard or wet—but thanks in part to multi-billion dollar erectile dysfunction medication industry, those obstacles have largely disappeared. And this generation of seniors probably have fewer psychological hang-ups when it comes to sex. These are the Baby Boomers, after all, the folks who grew up with free love and the pill.  

And with all that free love comes the actual cost.

The problem is that with great sex comes a bunch of diseases. From 2000 to 2009, rates for sexually transmitted infections like of Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Chlamydia doubled among 50- to 90-year-olds in the past ten years, as did the number of new HIV diagnoses for that age group. Despite this, a 2010 AARP report found that 50 percent of single men over 45 used condoms “rarely or not at all.”

That age group thinks condoms are for preventing pregnancy and since most of their roots are old women as well there is fat chance of that.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    I wonder what the stats are like at OAP rest homes in the colder parts of NZ like then?

    Hamilton & Grisborne must be awash in penicillin then…

  • StacyMcNaught

    dude! posted at breakfast time…really???

  • Col

    Yes the day the Pill arrived sounded great, and it was, but years on and the nasty stuff pops it’s little head up, saying that will teach you for not wearing a condom.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Saw a bumper sticker:
    “Do you remember the days, when sex was safe and skydiving was dangerous?”