Age offers no protection against STDs. You only have to look to a recent survey from Britain that shows that the numbers of STDs in people over 50 has doubled in the past decade. In the study, nearly half of the STD cases were genital warts,which is caused by certain forms of human papilloma virus (HPV). The rates of herpes, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis also increased.
The rate of STDs were highest in men and in those aged 55 to 59.
Other studies have found that the rates of HIV have also increased in this age group. A 2005 study found that 15% of all new HIV diagnoses were among men and women over the age of 50. And, thanks to newer therapies that have turned HIV into a chronic disease, many people who contracted the disease 10, 15 or 20 years ago are living well into mid and later life with the disease.
So, what's causing the skyrocketing rates of STDs? Some say it's the popularity of ED drugs Cialis, Levitra and Viagra or perhaps it's the increased numbers of divorces...
What is the Definition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted sexually by someone who is infected. These infections are usually passed by intercourse, but can also be passed through other types of sex, such as oral sex. STDs can be caused by viruses or bacteria. If you have ever had sex, you may be at risk for having an STD. You are at higher risk if you have had many sex partners, have had sex with someone who has had many partners, or have had sex without using condoms (rubbers). Description of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Sexually transmitted diseases (also called venereal diseases) are among the most common infectious diseases in the U.S. today. At least 20 STDs have now been identified. They affect more than 10 million men and women in this country each year. It is important to understand at least five key points about all STDs in this country today: STDs affect men and women of all backgrounds and eco...
“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Those words by Professor Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” pose a question that for a long time seemed to be the norm. Even today when I read new health research, it becomes apparent that many in the medical profession make sweeping statements about how health conditions are the same in all people, as in men and women.
But we know now that most often, this isn’t true. So what are some of the diseases and the differences?
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development pointed to eight health conditions in which women are affected differently than men. These conditions include:
Heart disease – This condition is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. While it also is the leading cause of death for men, women are more likely to die after a heart attack then men. In addition, women often experience more delays in emergency care and to have treatment to c...
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