INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE 2014: WHY I WILL ATTEND IN 2015.

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INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE 2014: WHY I WILL ATTEND IN 2015.

INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE 2014: WHY I WILL ATTEND IN 2015.

THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFENERENCE 2014 was held last week in Melbourne Australia. Presenters included, President Bill Clinton, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, activist Sir Bob Geldof plus a host of other luminaries and in the field dedicated researchers and direct contact workers. This particular conference is one of those experiences that belong in the “How did I miss that category?” As a long term Aids activist and educator especially committed to bringing awareness and prevention to those over 50, I won’t miss next years July conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Although significant progress has been made in the US, lulling us to think of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases as almost eradicated in this country, we tend to forget that the over fifty population remains arguably the fastest growing ratio of those who get are subject to sexually transmitted disease.

We still live in a society where all too few youth can’t fathom their parent’s and grandparents “doing it”. Titters and snarky jokes abound around the assisted living population, as if that’s where the trouble lies. But, that’s simply not true. While sex is rampant in many of these communities (as I believe it usually should be) so is denial. Grown children don’t want to face the issue, Assisted Living owners and administrators don’t’ want to deal with legal implications or families in denial and the medical profession remains woefully ignorant and judgmental about our perky elders still having desire.

We are born and die sexual human beings. Studies show that sexual activity keeps our “happy hormone’s alive and that those who “use it, don’t lose it.” In addition, close relationships, including friends with benefits keep people healthier as they live longer.

Definitive statistics are hard to find, but we do know that those in the second half or even the last third of their lives are active intimacy aids purchasers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as we add years, we use eyeglasses, hearing aids, canes, many become bionic added titanium and metal wonders capable of setting off airport alarms, wonders. Why not use sexual aids as well? Vibrators and healthy organic lubes used individually or with a partner keep everyone feeling better longer.

So, next year I will attend or speak at this important conference. It’s already marked on my calendar. My working topic: Let’s get Real. Stay Alive and Thrive. Senior Sex is here to Stay!