Rise in sexually transmitted diseases among the elderly

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 21st Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Surprisingly sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in older people.


When we think of sexually transmitted diseases we think of young people and people in their 30s transmitting them. Yet, who would think Montreal seniors are transmitting the diseases? Sexually transmitted diseases in Canada, the USA, and the UK have doubled over the last ten years.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Where HIV is concerned some of this increase can be explained by the fact that new treatments on the market have prolonged lives, however it doesn’t explain why between 2001 and 2009 people in the over 50 age group with HIV have doubled in the UK alone.

There are also significant increases in such STD diseases as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis among people who are 45 to 64 reported in the three countries in questions. The statistics for Montreal and the rest of Canada are showing that people 45 and older are more often afflicted with syphilis than the 15 to 28 year old age group.

STD research

Why are so Montrealers getting these diseases at such late stages in life? The truth of the matter is that there is very little research being done to find out why.

Dr. Ranjababu Kulasegaram from St Thomas' Hospital in London, and von Simson, a medical student from the Kings College, who conducted the study, say there are a few reasons or possibilities for this increase of STDs among the elderly.

Post-menopausal women may be at risk due to the vaginal changes such narrowing and shortening of the vagina and lack of lubrication which develop in women of this age group. Vaginal injuries can facilitate the infiltration of viruses and bacteria. However, this medical fact alone does not explain why older women including Montreal women are putting themselves at risk in the first place.

One theory is that older men who use Viagra are sexually active much longer and therefore the chance that they can become infected with an STD or infect their partner is greater. Von Simon explains that when the use of Viagra rose in the 1990’s so did rise of STDs in the elderly as well.

Student BMJ, the international medical journal for students published the study.

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author avatar brendamarie
21st Sep 2015 (#)

very interesting article Carol. Not something you think about when you think of older people,

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author avatar Shamarie
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Wow, this is crazy! It is shocking that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in older people!!! Thanks for sharing, Carol!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Wow among the elderly, how can that be Carol, interest post as well!

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