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Title: Still Got it: sexual health of the over 50s
Post by: Alex Sparrowhawk on April 25 2018, 11:49 am
THT's new insight briefing aims to improve awareness of sexual health for older people.

Itís a long-held myth that people of retirement age arenít sexually active. Sex isnít just for young people, despite what you would think from TV, magazines and sexual health campaigns.

So itís high time we stopped avoiding the topic of older people and sex. We need to start challenging the outdated beliefs that are affecting this generationís sexual health...

  • There has been a 9% increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in people aged 45 and over between 2012 and 2016.
  • There is an assumption that condom use is not necessary for older heterosexuals after the menopause.
  • New HIV infections among those aged 50 and over are rising faster than in people 40 and under.
  • The number of people aged 50 and over living with HIV has doubled in the last decade.
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A big thank you to George, volunteer peer research at THT for producing this briefing.