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article imageSTDs are a growing problem among senior citizens

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Jul 7, 2014 in Health
Dr. Bradley Stoner, an associate professor of anthropology and of medicine at Washington University who both treats patients with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and also conducts research in this area, says that STDs are growing amongst seniors.
STDs are a variety of infections transmitted from person to person through sexual contact and include bacterial infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, and viral infections such as genital herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV).
On STLToday.com, Dr. Stoner wrote: "Sexually transmitted diseases generally have been thought of as maladies that affect the young, but the rates in adults 65 and older are increasing. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of chlamydia in people 65 and older rose more than 17 percent between 2008 and 2012. Significant numbers of gonorrhea also were seen."
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