Cases of sexually transmitted diseases have doubled among American, Canadian and British baby boomers over the last ten years, according to the findings of a new study.
Published in the British Medical Journal, the findings suggest that many seniors are failing to practise safe sex. Figures revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also highlight that STDs are on the up in older age groups. Last year there were 2,056 and 492 cases of syphilis diagnosed among people aged between 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 respectively. Ten years ago a total of just 885 cases were reported across both age groups. Instances of chlamydia and gonnorrhea also increased.
Margaret Dean from the Texas Tech Health Science Center said that many seniors do not know they have contracted a disease. She added: “Part of the testing process for people with Alzheimer’s dementia includes testing for syphilis and HIV. Unless you see that there might be a problem, you probably wouldn’t look in that direction.”
Some experts are concerned that older women who have been through the menopause are not using protection because they are no longer at risk of getting pregnant. However, they can still contract a selection of infections and diseases by failing to use a condom.
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