STDs Becoming More Common Amongst Older Adults

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), many sexually transmitted diseases are asymptomatic, with as many as one million per day being contracted across the globe. Asymptomatic or not, STDs can still have adverse impacts on women healthily carrying pregnancies to term and giving birth.

Women and men alike who live with these infections may also become more vulnerable to medical complications, such as cancers, infertility, and even death. Individuals who believe they have an STD should not only get tested, but also inform any partners they’ve been sexually active with. This remains critical to preventing any further spread of said infections.

Unfortunately, the rates of STDs aren’t waning. In fact, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showcases that rising amounts of older adults are coming down with these illnesses.

Reviewing the CDC’s findings on older adults and STDs

This week, the CDC revealed people ages 55 and up are increasingly more likely to carry sexually transmitted diseases. As it turns out, the rates of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea, in particular, have skyrocketed amongst the aforementioned age demographic since 2010.