Seniors need to become better educated on sex as a new study shows the rates of sexually transmitted infections are rising rapidly in people over 50 who are popping erectile dysfunction drugs, according to the executive director of AIDS Moncton.  A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that the number of people over 50 who are being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection is rising in an alarming fashion.  Debby Warren, executive director of SIDA/AIDS Moncton, said a lack of education geared to that age demographic is helping to fuel a silent epidemic.  While no one wants to talk about sex in their 50s, Warren said people are aging healthier and taking on new partners after a death or divorce.  Further fuelling the problem, she said, is the increase in popularity of erectile dysfunction medication, such as Viagra.  "Older people are doing it, having sex, and because they don't receive the education and knowledge, while they may not get pregnant, they're certainly opening themselves up to sexually transmitted infections," Warren said.  "And that's starting to be reflected in the data that's being collected, not just in Canada, but the U.K. and in the United States."

Source:  CBC News (July 9, 2010)
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