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JustGetTested.com Recommends Confidential Blood Testing During Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month (April)
Date:4/23/2010

You're never too old or too young for an STD

Fort Myers, Fla. (Vocus) April 22, 2010 -- It's a fact that older people have sex. It's also a fact that most individuals over the age of 50 have not had formal sexual health education in school when they were growing up. With the advent of male enhancement medications, an increase in late-in-life divorces and widows/widowers reentering the dating scene, the environment for sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs/STIs) is ripe for growth. According to research conducted by JUSTGETTESTED, senior citizens are among the fastest growing number of people acquiring new STDs/STIs and they don't know it. From 1996 to 2003, total cases of Chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and genital warts among people over 45 increased 127%, from 344 cases in 1996 to 780 in 2003 according to a recent article in TIME.com.

According to Edward Salko, D.O., founder and medical director of JUSTGETTESTED.com and PERSONALABS.com, there are several reasons for the increase.

"Senior citizens today never received formal instruction on what they called venereal diseases or VD," says Salko. "What they did know was that VD was curable with penicillin and the only thing they needed to worry about was getting pregnant. Now that they are past the child-bearing years, they assume they are safe or curable. They have no idea that many STDs and STIs including HIV are not curable and can be spread without ever showing any symptoms."

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