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Sex infections in over-45s doubles

3rd February 2012

New figures have revealed that sexually transmitted infections are soaring amongst people in the over-45 age-group.


With divorce rates rising, more and more older people are having unprotected sex and that has seen cases of chlamydia and herpes more than double within the last decade.

Cases of syphilis, which was almost eradicated ten years ago, have risen fourfold and around 20% of adults receiving HIV treatment are over 50.

The findings were published in the magazine Student BMJ.

Dr Valerie Delpech, head of the HIV department at the Health Protection Agency, said: “We are seeing increasing rates of HIV and STI infection in older people, perhaps in those coming out of long-term relationships and entering into new partnerships.

“This is a reminder that we can all be at risk of an STI, including HIV, and anyone considering having sex with someone new should have a sexual health screen and use a condom, no matter what age they are.”

Public health officials suspect that older people are not heeding the safe-sex message and using condoms.

Natika Halil, of the FPA – formerly the Family Planning Association, said: “Too many people in that age group coming out of long-term relationships don’t think safer sex applies to them.

But the truth is STIs will find you just as attractive whatever your age.”

Doctors blame increasing separations among the age group and the subsequent search for new relationships, often through internet dating agencies, as a key factor in the rise of STIs among the over-45s.


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