Sisters, Stay Alive & Informed!

Officially join my family and receive information, insight and inspiration on living a healthy, happy and prosperous life.

I am not a robot

Our Privacy Policy
mail
arrow

AGE IS NOT A CONDOM

by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | September 16th, 2018

AGE IS NOT A CONDOM

I remember asking a 75 year old whether she was sexually active and she responded,

“I’m not dead”.

I told her that in no way was I implying that she was not supposed to have sex. I then reminded her that although she does not have to worry about becoming pregnant, she still was at risk of contracting all of the sexually transmitted diseases younger women could contract.

Age is not a condom.”

Regardless of what age you are having sex, you must remember to practice safe sex. What typically happens is once a woman reaches menopause and cannot have children, they believe that there is no need to use any type of birth control. Condoms have a dual role – they prevent pregnancy and help decrease the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the following:

  • Persons age 50 and older accounted for approximately 47 % of persons living with HIV.
  • 1 in 6 of those newly diagnosed with HIV are people aged 50 and older.
  • 1 in 4 adults in the US who are living with HIV infection are age 50 and older.
  • Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to have a late-staged HIV diagnosis.

According to AIDS Institute, health care providers do not always test older people for HIV/AIDS and miss the diagnosis during routine checkups. Health care providers may not ask older patients about their sex lives or drug use or talk them about risky behaviors. You do not have to wait for a health care provider to offer testing to you or a loved one. You can ask for testing.

HIV does not know an age.  To find an HIV testing site near you visit –  gettested.cdc.gov or you can call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1 -800-232-4636).

 

 

 

 

One Response to “AGE IS NOT A CONDOM”

Leave a Reply

*

code

Secure Your Copy of Letters to My Sisters by Dr. Ngozi Osuagwu.
secimg

The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

The second half of the book briefly discusses the most common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections. A list of annotated websites dealing with the different topics in the book is provided for the reader who wants to pursue each subject in depth.




Ready to Commit to Living a Healthier Life, Start Here with…

Dr Ngozi’s 30 Day Alive & Healthy Challenge
alive

Get 30 days of insight and inspiration on creating and sustaining a healthy lifestyle straight from the
doctor. Share this valuable resource with your mother, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, cousins
and girlfriends. Do it solo, or in a group. Simply do it! Join our mailing list and get instant access to this life-saving resource now!