STD’s In Maryland Nursing Homes
Nursing home STD transmission cases has skyrocketed in the past decade. Research by AARP over the past five years has revealed that roughly 80 percent of all Americans between 50 and 90 are sexually active. And these numbers hold equally true in Maryland nursing homes and Maryland assisted living facilities. This growth in presents unique challenges for seniors who reside long-term care facilities. One of the hardest things for researchers to determine is why so many seniors are contracting sexually transmitted diseases in Maryland nursing homes. Below are some possible explanations. Regardless, if a loved one has contracted an STD while in a Maryland nursing home, assisted living home or long term care facility please contact our MD nursing home abuse attorneys for a free case review.
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Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Maryland nursing homes and assisted living homes see the same types of STD’s as the general population. These include:
AIDS & HIV
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV aka genital warts)
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2 (HSV or herpes)
Gonorrhea (the clap)
Crabs (pubic lice)
No matter what type of STD you, or your loved one, acquired while in a Maryland nursing home you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation for your pain, suffering and medical care.
Explanations For Contracting A STD In A Nursing Home
One reason for Maryland nursing home residents contracting sexually transmitted diseases is sexual abuse and sexual assault while residing in a long term facility, assisted living home or skilled nursing facility. While it seems unthinkable it happens as every year there are nursing homes throughout Maryland such as ManorCare, Cadia Healthcare and Renaissance Gardens.
Another issue contributing to Maryland nursing home and assisted living facilities STD cases is the belief that STDs are for the young. Most Maryland nursing home residents are in their 80’s and they grew up in a time when venereal diseases were rare and for the most part only prostitutes, and people who frequented sex workers contracted them. Until the 1980’s when HIV & AIDS came about STDs were rarely talked about. Most people old enough to live in a retirement home or nursing home may simply not be as educated and informed about prevention measures. condom use and they typically do not think of discussing it beforehand. With that many nursing home residents and assisted living home residents in Maryland have an ill-conceived sense of security when it comes to sexual relationships.
Chastity used to be very laudable as many females wanted to save themselves for marriage. This was common in the general population as well as within organized religions. Fifty or more years ago as a male having sex really only posed one threat. That threat was pregnancy. Despite STDs were not as common, pregnancy has forever been a natural consequence of sex. Therefore, a lot of seniors, especially women, may feel empowered following menopause. There is often a renewed sense of femininity and comfort knowing that pregnancy is no longer a possibility. Unfortunately, some seniors have fallen into a false sense of safety and therefore fail to consider practicing forms of safe sex.
Pharmaceuticals and erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis and Viagra has awakened the spirit and libidos of men around the world. This includes seniors living in the Maryland nursing home community. More older adults residing in skilled nursing facilities receive prescriptions for Viagra and Cialis every year. This trend shows no signs of slowing. With older men enjoying fruitful sex lives again it stands to reason that they would put themselves at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
These risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases is significantly higher among widows and widowers. This seems to be largely due to having only had only one partner for decades. These individuals may have had little to no reason to even consider the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Once they become acclimated in a regulated and allegedly safe assisted living or nursing home they disregard the potential for contracting a disease. Those contemplating nursing home residency should strongly consider these matters before moving in. While many people express reluctance when facing admission to a nursing home, we should celebrate the fact that so many older adults are embracing their new lives and enjoying a youthful and healthy sex life well into their later years. However, with the risks and dangers presented by close communal living environments, a little common sense and education can go a long way to preventing the spread of disease.
If a loved one has contracted an STD or any other disease as a result of Maryland nursing home negligence, or sexual abuse, please contact a MD nursing home negligence attorney today. The Baltimore, Maryland Nursing Home STD Litigation Attorneys can help ensure you are compensated for any harms suffered by your loved one.
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