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Protect Yourself

55 And Older

You can contract HIV

Elderly CoupleEven though pregnancy may not be an issue, sexually active people over 55 are still at risk for contracting HIV and other STDs.

With new male enhancement drugs on the market, STD rates among older Americans are increasing. In 2007, persons aged 50 and older accounted for approximately 16% of new HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

You can protect yourself

It is imperative that you continue to use protection such as condoms and dental dams to prevent unwanted diseases. Use protection whenever you engage in any kind of sexual activity.

Make sure you:

    • Know how to use a condom. Don't know how? Practice putting one on a banana or cucumber. You can get free condoms and help at Desert AIDS Project.


    • Always use Latex condoms with water-based lube like KY Lubricant, ID Glide, and others.
      – anything else will break the condom.


    • Use a condom, even when performing oral sex! You'll be safer and cleaner.


  • Carry and store condoms in a cool, dry place. That means your car is not a location, especially during the summer months when anything left in a car will melt!

Got questions?

If you have any questions about how put on condoms, what lube is, or where to keep either one of these, please contact Ralph Gonzalez at (760) 323-2118 ext. 703 or .