Women over 50 and STIs
Women over 50 and STIs – What you need to know to protect yourself
Today, more women over 50 are single than in past decades. The problem? Many of these women do not take protective measures against STIs, or sexually transmitted infections. Our Round Rock obgyns are here to offer women over 50 vital information and advice about STIs.
Women over 50 and STIs – Understanding STIs and how they’re transmitted
It’s important for women over 50 to understand how STIs are transmitted from person to person. Most STIs are spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex with a man or a woman who has an STI, but herpes and syphilis can also be spread through genital touching.
Different viral and bacterial infections cause STIs. Viral infections, including herpes, HIV and AIDS, cannot be cured, but treatment will help reduce their symptoms. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Women over 50 should be aware of the different types of STIs.
Only 9.7% of women ages 45 to 60 reported using a condom during sexual intercourse.
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- Genital herpes
- HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus
- HPV, or human papillomavirus infection
- Hepatitis B
Five steps to reduce the risk of contracting STIs
Our Round Rock obgyns urge women to practice these important steps for safer sex.
- Women should use condoms every time they have vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. It’s important for the man to put the condom on before the penis makes any contact with the woman’s body.
- Women should get tested and ask their partners to get tested for STIs before they have sex.
- Women over 50 should talk to our Round Rock obgyns about the hepatitis B vaccination.
- Avoid alcohol and drug abuse. These risky behaviors can lead to unprotected sex.
- When women limit their sexual partners, it reduces their risk. The fewer partners they have, the lower the risk for STIs.
Women over 50 can rely on our Round Rock obgyns for compassionate advice, care and treatment for STIs and other issues such as sexual dysfunction and menopause. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
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