HIV Infection Double Among the Elderly
ANI, The Times of India
Feb 3, 2012
The Times of India
are encouraging sexually active adults
aged 45 and over to indulge in safe sex
after recent figures revealed that
sexually transmitted infections in 50-90
year olds have doubled in the past ten
Rachel von Simson, medical student at
King's College London and Ranjababu
Kulasegaram, consultant genitourinary
physician at St Thomas' Hospital London,
revealed that 80 percent of 50-90 years
olds are sexually active.
show an increase in cases of syphilis,
chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the UK, USA
and Canada in 45-64 year olds.
has also been an increase in cases of HIV
with those aged 50 and over accounting for
20 percent of adults accessing HIV care,
an 82 percent increase on figures from
may however, be down to HIV patients
living longer, but new diagnoses of HIV in
the over 50s have doubled between 2000 and
has been little research on the reason
behind the increase but it is thought that
due to physical changes, older,
post-menopausal women are more vulnerable
men on erectile dysfunction drugs are
significantly more likely to be diagnosed
with an STI within the first year of usage
and in the year before starting the drug.
researchers suggest that GPs should take
the opportunity to discuss safe sex with
men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs as
they have a high risk of contracting an
authors report that the UK is currently
lacking in STI research in older adults
and more needs to be done, but concluded
that "doctors should maintain a low
threshold for investigating sexually
transmitted infections in older adults"
and should encourage discussions
regardless of the patient's age.
study has been published in the Student
BMJ, Rachel von Simson.