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Baby Boomers and STDs: You Can Stop This Trend

How to avoid STDs when you're older

Yep. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that single Baby Boomers have been guilty of practicing unsafe sex.  And, all those Viagra-poppin’ daddies and their free-lovin’ mamas are contracting sexually transmitted diseases in unabashedly high numbers.

Okay, so I exaggerated a little to get your attention. However, if you’re a single gal out in the dating world again, this article is for you.

Always Use a Condom

There are lots of reasons why (otherwise) smart, responsible couples have not been using condoms.  And, if you understand these issues ahead of time, you might be able to convince your new man to put that little piece of rubber on his cockadoodledo when it's time to get down to business.

Make Love Not War

Boomers grew up in an era without AIDS, when most girls were on birth control, and most guys didn’t feel the need to wear a condom.  Actually, people never talked about condoms when I was a teenager... or even when I was in college.  Things like that were just not discussed in polite company.  (Even now, I feel a little strange writing about this, but I feel it's an important subject.)

Boomers Aren’t Stupid

On the other hand, Baby Boomers aren’t stupid.  They understand how HIV is contracted.  They’ve heard about Herpes and all those other STDs.  However, things are a little more complicated for older, single, sexually active adults.  (When you get to the video below, you'll see why.)

Dating Over 40

Dating is difficult and different when a woman is over 40 or 50.  Hey, just thinking about sex with some new guy is enough to make a suddenly-single female hide under the covers, in her own bed… alone… for months.  But, eventually, most women will decide to come out and jump back into the dating game.

Don't think you can use your past sexual experiences as your guide. The game has changed.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. N.M.E

    Safe sex is always a good recommendation, but I don't think fear tactics (some case in India) is the way to promote it. Your tone also seems to shame people who already have HPV or any other STD. I would like to point out that over half of boomers likely carry a latent HSV-1 virus, and live life without even knowing it.

    Reactionary terrifying is not good sex ed. No more hysteria. Cover up, know your partner, and if you are unfortunate, see a real doctor and stay away from reading too much foolishness online.

    • Christina Gregoire


      Oh dear, I'm sorry if I sounded like I was shaming people who are victims of STD's. That REALLY was not my intent. I was trying to get older people to pay attention and take this seriously. I appologize to anyone who is/was offended by what I said.

      I agree with everything in your comment that I could understand. I don't even know what a HSV-1 virus is. Well, I can take a guess and say that it's probably the herpes simplex virus, but that's just a guess. In the US, we don't usually use fear tactics or shame tactics. And, that's not the way I meant this article to be read at all. I wrote the first paragraph to get the attention of baby boomers who grew up in a time with very few STD's and no HIV virus. When I was young, no one ever talked about condoms out in the open, so I'm sure that many, many American baby boomers were raised the same way I was. I feel nothing but compassion for people who are victims of STDs, just as I feel nothing but compassion for victims of cancer, rape, homophobia, racism, or anything. I hope you will be understanding.

  2. Christina Gregoire

    Oh...I just saw something that you may have misinterpreted. I said wicked STD's. Wicked is a slang term used in the US and is meant in a different way. Sorry...I'll take it out of the article. I really don't mean it like you think I do. It's slang and I forgot that a lot of my readers are from outside the US.

  3. Christina Gregoire

    And, please let me know if I've left anything offensive in the article. I'm not trying to make people feel bad, I'm trying to help people.