A New York Times op-ed by Ezekiel J. Emanuel suggests that some senior citizens could use the same sex education that teenagers receive, as STDs in the single senior citizens communities are on the rise.
Of all the seniors on Medicare, just 5 percent are using it for the free STD testing. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control say that syphilis and chlamydia infections increased by 52 and 31 percent for Americans over the age of 65 between 2007 and 2011. Shockingly, those numbers are nearly identical to people in their early 20s. The problem is that they're apparently unfamiliar with the concept of safe sex, which presents a problem when living in dorm-like quarters:
Combine retirement communities, longer life, unfamiliarity with condoms and Viagra — and what do you get? You get an S.T.D. epidemic among the Social Security generation that rivals what we imagine is happening in those "Animal House" fraternities.
Senior citizens: If you're going to use that Medicare for penis pumps, you might as well use it get tested. Invest in some condoms, too.