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Babyboomers beware

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Urmstongran Tue 26-Feb-19 11:17:10

FREE condoms are being offered to pensioners to combat rising rates of infections among the sexually active baby-boom generation.
The NHS campaign, thought to be the first of its kind, targets older people who may have thought their days of taking precautions were long behind them.

NHS services in Derbyshire are dispensing condoms at doctors’ surgeries, community venues and food banks in a campaign named “Jiggle, Wiggle” following a sharp rise in sexually transmitted infections among those born in the Swinging Sixties.

It is thought that rising divorce rates and the popularity of online dating are fuelling the increase.
‘This group is sometimes forgotten in sexual health campaigns – but safer sex still applies’

Dame Sally Davies, Britain’s chief medical officer, said men with vasectomies and older women who no longer feared falling pregnant were increasingly putting themselves at risk.

Official figures have shown a 25 per cent rise in the number of older men diagnosed with gonorrhoea in just one year. A quarter more women of the same age were diagnosed with herpes in 2017 than in 2016.
Public Health England, which published the figures, also reported a 
15 per cent increase in pensioners contracting chlamydia over the same 

Well, well. Would’ve thought it?

Chewbacca Tue 26-Feb-19 11:36:56

I think I'm fairly safe sad

highandfighty Tue 26-Feb-19 12:03:06

Is it odd of me to feel strangely happy to see a report that shows older people are still living life - albeit not very safely - instead of fading away in front of the fireplace with our knitting? Hell, yes, we're having sex. Not quite hanging off the chandeliers anymore and not quite as often, but still. One of my closest friends got divorced a few years ago and has recently started online dating. She's stayed the night at the most recent of her gentleman friend's houses recently. Perhaps I should send her this article grin

Urmstongran Tue 26-Feb-19 12:07:19

Great posts here ladies. Love it.

EllanVannin Tue 26-Feb-19 15:37:06

I came across this in the late 80's while working on a clinic and I remember one woman----late 60's being absolutely distraught when told of her diagnosis, she was inconsolable. I was afraid for her. One or two of the nurses were tittering but I felt sorry for the poor soul when she was sent to the " specialist " clinic, worried to death and on her own.

It's no laughing matter in later life, or at any age as it has its consequences in more ways than one.

yggdrasil Tue 26-Feb-19 15:59:43

condoms aren't only to prevent pregnancy, you know

bakeandscoff Tue 26-Feb-19 16:03:07

It's an important topic to raise. No one likes to think older people are still at it so I imagine it's been pushed down the priority list until now. I'm not sure free condoms are the answer though. Education, education, education.

Day6 Tue 26-Feb-19 16:03:25

It's no laughing matter, you are right, and STDs are in no way funny and casual sex can come with consequences. We should heed the warnings.

It is strange however to not be seen as zimmer frame, coffin dodgers for a change, but ever randy, geriatric sex maniacs riddled with the pox!

I am smiling to myself. (I daresay I will be reprimanded for my thoughts...)

Urmstongran Tue 26-Feb-19 16:13:21

Dating sites/ singles groups etc make this a highly relevant topic nowadays which is why I thought it was an important topic to raise.
Keep safe grannies!

EllanVannin Tue 26-Feb-19 16:50:16

Would anyone be foolish enough to take a chance ? eeuuww

Izabella Tue 26-Feb-19 19:11:17

Well as one who has travelled widely for years with eyes wide open its quite obvious it happens. You know what SAGA stands for after all

MissAdventure Tue 26-Feb-19 19:15:15

I thought it was
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BlueBelle Tue 26-Feb-19 19:20:07

And you know what you can catch them from a husband or long term partner just as easily

Alima Tue 26-Feb-19 20:11:59

Jiggle wiggle? Think I’m going to be sick. What’s wrong with “get your condoms here!” Wink, nudge, say no more.