Write 5 pages thesis on the topic sexually transmitted diseases amongst senior citizens. By the phrase itself, one can easily understand that STDs are passed by the carrier to the victim through sexual activities (e.g. oral sex, vaginal intercourse, or anal sex). There are actually more than twenty identified STDs which are grouped into three. STDs can be bacterial, parasitic and viral. Parasitic and bacterial STDs are curable by medications and antibiotics but viral STDs are not. STDs which are spread through a virus is the most dangerous. They are fatal. The three most common viral STDs are AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), genital warts and genital herpes. AIDS is actually caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Until now, there is no known cure for this viral disease. Examples of bacterial STDs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. For the parasitic STDs, the most common is pubic lice.
In 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that citizens aging fifty years old and over accounted for at least ten percent of all the new AIDS cases in America. This finding implies that older people do not use any protection against AIDS during sexual contact. Lack of knowledge about the fatal disease could be one of the reasons why senior citizens engage in unprotected sex. It could also be that these older adults do not consider themselves to be more prone to the risk. The AIDS infection among senior citizens is also attributed to the following causes: using unsterilized apparatus for injecting drugs. being a recipient of blood transfusion preceding the year 1985, and misdiagnosed opportunistic illness.