Older daters generally assume they don’t need condoms. Or do they?
Do Older Daters Need Condoms?
Most singles over age 50 think they’re no longer at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In 2009, AARP asked older singles how committed they felt to condoms. Only one in five said they used them every time, 32 percent of the women, 12 percent of the men.
Age is, indeed, a key risk factor for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, genital warts, and HIV, and STIs are by far most prevalent among those under 30. Risk after 50 is much lower—compared with twenty-somethings, around 90 percent lower. But it’s not zero.
Dating After 50: Are Condoms Still Necessary?
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