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article imageSTDs on rise among senior citizens

By Owen Weldon     Mar 3, 2013 in Health
Officials have said that one age group in particular, senior citizens, has shown an alarming rise in sexually transmitted diseases.
According to CBS, there are numerous studies that show more and more senior citizens are having a lot of sex.
Dr. Steven Rabin, a gynecologist, said that eighty percent of people who are 50 years and older are sexually active. Rabin said that the age group is seeing a doubling and tripling of STDs such as syphilis and chlamydia.
According to Yahoo, there are a few things that have changed that contribute to the rise. One of those things is erectile dysfunction can be treated with drugs, and this has allowed aging men to have sex. Online dating is also becoming increasingly popular for people 50 and over, allowing older divorcees or people who have lost their spouses to connect with other people who are single.
The CDC said that roughly 2,550 cases of syphilis among adults between the ages of 45 to 65 were reported back in 2010, which was up from 900 just a decade earlier. In 2000, there were around 6,700 cases, in that age group, of chlamydia reported, and 19,600 cases were reported in 2010.
According to CourierJorunal, other factors that may contribute to the rise include a decrease in condom use as pregnancy is no longer a concern, and that older people may be less likely to discuss their sex lives with their doctors.
People can take steps to protect themselves from contracting STDs. Some precautions that people can take are getting tested before starting a sexual relationship and always use a condom.
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