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Korean J Adult Nurs. 2013 Feb;25(1):83-94. Korean.
Published online February 28, 2013.
© 2013 Korean Society of Adult Nursing
Sexual Behavior and Awareness on STD in the Elderly
Hyojung Park
Division of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author: Park, Hyojung. Division of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemoon-gu, Seoul 150-750, Korea. Tel: +82-2-3277-2824, Fax: +82-2-3277-2850, Email:
Received September 19, 2012; Revised January 16, 2013; Accepted February 21, 2013.



The purpose of the study was to examine the sexual behavior and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) among the elderly.


Subjects were 599 elderly living in a metropolitan area who completed a structured questionnaire. Data collection was from September 6, 2011 to January 17, 2012. The data were analyzed by using percentage and χ2-test.


Approximately 25% of the subjects reported a sexual life. Age, gender, education, family type, presence and health of spouse, health state of the subject, past occupation, dwelling pattern, and economic state made statistically significant difference in sexual behavior. Fifty five percent of the respondents reported no knowledge of STD. Factors such as age, gender, education, presence of spouse, and past occupation were statistically significant in terms of awareness of STD.


Age, education, and presence of spouse should be factored in to understand the sexuality of the elderly as well as to develop sexuality counseling programs that provide adequate information for each individual.

Keywords: Aged; Awareness; Sexuality; Sexual behavior


Table 1
General Characteristics of the Study Participants (N=599)
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Table 2
Sexual Behavior (N=599)
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Table 3
Degree of Awareness on STD
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Table 4
Sexual Behavior depending on General Characteristics (N=599)
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Table 5
Awareness on STD depending on General Characteristics (N=599)
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This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (Mest) (2011-0009799).

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