Herpes senior sex dating

It may be the worst-kept secret in the senior living industry: single residents of retirement homes are having sexual relationships with each other.

Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years. Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States.Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection.Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.Many seniors who are hitting the dating scene after a long hiatus are ill prepared.Sex-ed for older generations focused on avoiding pregnancy — and might even have recommended abstinence.