The key to making older adults more condom friendly? Education can help. So can healthcare providers, by asking older patients more often about their sexual health, instead of assuming they're in stable, low-risk relationships, the NSSHB researchers say. Often, patients are embarrassed to broach such topics.
"We need to start targeting campaigns to older people, saying, 'It's great you're having sex,'" Levkoff says. "But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing it safely and smartly."