Do it. Safely.

Safer Sex for Seniors


If you’re looking for answers about the unique challenges, opportunities and joy of sex and intimacy in our later years, you’ve come to the right place — provides accurate, up-to-date information from experts in the field.

“Safer sex” means addressing concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with smart actions, wise communication and the use of the condoms and dams that reduce risk. The rates of STIs among older adults, including syphilis and gonorrhea, have doubled in the past decade, and HIV infections have almost doubled as well.[1] Our free fact sheets (FAQs) can help ensure that your pleasure is not diminished by worry.

You’ll also find FAQs about ways to be emotionally healthy, because it’s important to protect your heart and spirit as well as your health. In the Answer Categories section, you’ll find questions adults like you have posted, with answers provided by experts in sexuality, aging, and health.

Professionals working with seniors will find this information helpful as well, and our poster (free download from this page) is a great conversation starter for medical offices, clinics, senior centers, and homes!

Who is

We are an independent collective of sexuality educators, researchers, authors, trainers, counselors, and therapists with many years of experience and proven competence in our fields. We are excited to connect with you online! Each fact sheet on this site is written by a professional you can contact directly through links at the bottom of that fact sheet. We welcome your inquiries. Please let us know what other questions you have so we can add resources that suit your needs.


  1. ^ Sex Life of Older Adults and Rising STDs. Collected on March 14, 2012