People Over 45 Warned About Greater Risk Of STIs
Among those at risk are people entering new relationships, often post-menopause, when they're less likely to follow safe sex measures because pregnancy is no longer a consideration.
Over-45s At Greater Risk Of STIs, New Study Finds
Middle-aged adults face a greater risk of catching sexually transmitted infections than ever before -- because society is unwilling to talk about older people having sex, a new study has found. Negative attitudes toward sexual health and limited knowledge of the needs of over-45s mean some older people are unaware of the dangers of unprotected sex, researchers from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands have warned. (Woodyatt, 11/23)
Study: People Over 45 At Higher Risk Of Contracting STIs 'Than Ever Before'
A recent study determined that people over 45 years old are at greater risk “than ever before” of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to stigma surrounding middle-aged and older individuals having sex. The University of Chichester, along with researchers from the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands, found that negative views toward discussing sexual health and a general lack of knowledge contribute to some older people being unaware of the risks of unprotected sex. (Coleman, 11/23)
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