Older adults account for an increasing proportion of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, in the United States. Notwithstanding, sex after sixty continues to remain shrouded in silence. In this post, doctoral student Christina Pierpaoli Parker discusses the reasons for and consequences of the scantiness of late life sexual health conversations, concluding with recommendations for increasing their visibility.
As a culture, we have adopted a sort of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy about sexuality, which, of course, stifles dialogues about sexual health for almost everyone at any age. To complicate matters, we also place a high social premium on youthfulness. So naturally, conversations about sex and aging represent the paragon of taboo in this country.
At the BBC website last week, Emma Jones spent some time surveying what may be the last film taboo, sex scenes with old people.
Sexual expression among elders in nursing homes, the value of social media during a crisis in long term care settings and much more in today’s ChangingAging Blogstream roundup.
It’s time for a new sexual revolution for the Post War Generation — one where a real conversation about HIV/AIDS can start.