Safer sex warning to over-50s

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OLDER people are being urged to practise safer sex after a surge in cases of sexually-transmitted diseases.

Infections in over-50s have doubled in the past 10 years.

An editorial published in the Student British Medical Journal today claims four in five over 50s are sexually active.

Evidence from the UK, US and Canada shows growing cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among 45 to 64-year-olds and more older people are receiving care for HIV.

Researchers say older post-menopausal women are more vulnerable to infections. Men using anti-impotency drugs are also significantly more likely to be diagnosed with infections within a year of beginning treatment, prompting suggestions GPs should discuss safe sex with men when they access therapy.