Adults over age 40 are less likely to use condoms than younger people, according to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), which evaluated sexual health information collected from almost 6,000 people between the ages of 14 and 94 — and the unsafe habit is affecting their health. In 2009, people between age 50 and 64 accounted for 15 percent of all new HIV diagnoses. Diseases such as chlamydia and syphilis are also on the rise among people over 40, according to the latest U.S. government data. Even if you use hormonal birth control, or you’re past menopause and have no chance of getting pregnant, it’s still a good idea to use condoms every time you have sex “unless you’re in a mutually monogamous relationship and you and your partner have both been tested for sexually transmitted infections,” says Peterson.
Last Updated: 05/06/2011