Feeling frisky? Protect yourself.

AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are on the rise among older adults. Here are some reasons why, according to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation:

  • People are living longer.
  • Erectile dysfunction products such as Viagra allow males to continue to be sexually active as they age.
  • Post-menopausal women don't have pregnancy concerns, so they might not consider using condoms to protect against STDs.
  • Medical personnel often view discussing sexual activity and safe sex with older adults as disrespectful, so they remain silent.
  • Older adults may be embarrassed to buy or use condoms.
  • When baby boomers were young and first sexually active, AIDS wasn't around, and STDs weren't discussed, so they're often unaware of just how serious STDs can be.

A good pick for boomers looking for anything from a pen pal to a serious relationship, according to reviewer site SeniorDating.org, is 60,000-member DatingForSeniors.com. The site caters to those 45 and older, although anyone who's at least 18 can sign up. A three-day free trial period allows you to search profiles and see what other features are available. After that, it costs $19.99 a month to be a member. Membership includes features such as unlimited browsing, instant messaging, a blocking feature and the ability to see who's online.

Dating For Seniors is only for those living in the United States, and while its membership is on the smaller side, reviews on Senior Dating note the site "has grown tremendously and presents a good solid 3 star rating for excellence."

Want to cast your dating net even wider? Consider the site on the next page.