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Women over 40 attending sexual health clinics: lessons for vulval services

30 Oct 2014

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen in the over-40 age group [1] but health promotion is targeted at the younger population. Many infections may be asymptomatic, including HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea [2]. Local data from the North East of England from 2012 showed that 37% of women newly diagnosed with HIV were over the age of 45, with 54% diagnosed late with a poorer prognosis. Women coming out of long-term relationships and entering new sexual relationships may not consider the risks of sexual infection or the need for condoms, due to having a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), or sterilisation.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology