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Croydon Boomers to get Sex Education

Published : Thursday September 27, 2012 | Posted in : Sexual Health
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Slowly but surely we are being made aware of the fact that sex after 60 actually exists, from new films like Hope Springs to reports that over the last few years STDs have increased significantly in people over he age of 60. This is why Croydon Borough Council wants to include the over-60s in their new sexual health strategy.

Over 60s have more sexual freedom

Yes, the older generation are healthier and fitter than they’ve ever been and this has resulted in more casual sex. The fact that divorce rates have increased significantly over the last 20 years have also made it more likely that people will be single and therefore have more freedom to have casual sex with multiple partners. Many women also don’t have to worry about birth control, making it less likely that older couples will think of using condoms before having sex.

Council’s unique strategy

Croydon Borough Council have therefore launched one of its first ever sexual health strategies, mainly aimed at educating the 60s about practicing safe sex. Labour Councillor Maggie Mansel said that the over 60 were post the pill but pre-HIV which meant that the aim of the strategy was not to educate about contraception, but rather educating the older generations about STIs, using condoms and casual sex in general.

A rise in four different STIs over the last decade

During the last decade we have seen an increase of sexually transmitted infections in both young and old, although campaigns were largely targeted at younger people. However with its decision, Croydon Borough Council is aiming to look at the health of the entire community, not just the young. According to the HPA there was a drastic rise in syphilis, chlamydia, genital warts and genital herpes in people between the age of 45 and 64 between 2000 and 2009, although gonorrhoea rates were higher in people who were over 65.

The younger generation are the prudish ones

When it comes to older people having sex, it’s the younger generation that’s prudish and would rather not think about it. Although I believe it’s largely due to the way the older generation has been portrayed in the media for so many years. We just aren’t used to the thought of older people having healthy sex lives. Up until recently sex over 60 has either been represented in an overly comedic fashion or perhaps also overly sentimental. Sex after 60 was seen as something that is done behind white picket fences, with a husband or wife sometimes with the help of Viagra. The reality, however, is quite different these days.

Better sex education all round

In a world where we are often overly-candid about sex, it seems like a gross oversight to miss out the generation that grew up immersed in a culture of sex drugs and rock and roll. However, this is changing and soon more council might have to look into providing advice to people who are back on the dating scene after years of monogamy.

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