Over 50? Stop Doing These Things Right Now, Say Experts

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3. Not Protecting Your Sexual Health

When dating in your 50s and beyond, “It’s still important to practice safe sex,” says J.D. Zipkin, MD, associate medical director of GoHealth Urgent Care in New York City. “Even if pregnancy is no longer a concern, sexually transmitted diseases haven’t gone away.” In fact, among people aged 55 and older, chlamydia cases nearly doubled and gonorrhea cases nearly tripled between 2013 and 2017, according to the CDC. And STDs don’t always make themselves apparent: Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be passed along symptom-free but lead to complications.

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The Rx: “Be sure to have open conversations with new sexual partners and continue to use condoms to reduce the risk of STD transmission when needed,” says Zipkin. And talk to your doctor about regular STD screenings.


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