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1Sexually Transmitted Infections in the ElderlyMary GuilloryChamberlain University College of NursingPSYC290N – 10785: Life – Span DevelopmentNelsonJune 22, 2020
2Sexually Transmitted Infections in the ElderlyAnyone can get a sexually transmitted infection if they are sexually active, even the elderly. It is not something most people think about because we probably were not aware of this happening. There has been an increase of sexually transmitted infections in people that are over the age of 60. It is my job to find out why this rise in sexually transmitted infections is occurring more in the elderly than in younger people. We will talk about at least three reasons for this. Solutions to this problem will also be provided.New Medications for erectile Dysfunction/ Elderly Still Sexually ActiveDue to the availability of erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra and Cialis, older men can obtain an erection (Santrock,2019). One of the causes of erectile dysfunction is having low levels of testosterone, but this can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy (Santrock,2019). Erectile dysfunction medications are associated with the increase in sexually transmitted infections because it aids in maintaining an erection, which some older adults are participating in risky sexually behaviors(Jena, et al,2010).Many people do not believe that elderly people are still having sex, but older sex is an important part of an adults’ life, and peopleas old as 85 are still having sex (Fowler,2017).Older adults of all ages are still very sexually active, and some have sex around three times a month(Santrock,2019). More than half of the elderly adults still having sex say that they perform oral sex (Santrock,2019). Divorce, Dating Around, and RemarriageFurthermore, there has been an increase in the elderly dating. There are online dating websites like match.com, seniorpeoplemeet.com, etc. As a result of many elderly women losing their husband, they seek new partners. There are a lot of elderly men who get into relationships with much younger women (Santrock,2019). Most of the elderly people who live alone are those