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...
About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
Heart attack warning signs for women. Very few pre-menopausal women have heart attacks, unless they smoke, have diabetes, or are on birth control pills for a long period of time. Smoking seems to be the biggest risk factor: • Nausea and vomiting that won’t stop • Breathlessness (but not sighing) with exertion or especially if it wakes you up at night • Chest discomfort that starts behind the breast bone and radiates to either shoulder or arm, neck, or to the lower (but not upper) jaw • Discomfort in the lower jaw especially if it occurs only with exertion or will not go away • Discomfort in the upper back especially if it occurs only with exertion or will not go away • ...
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