Ahead of National STI Day (14th January) doctors warn of dangers of leaving STIs untreated, particularly in older people
- Post-divorce dating and availability of drugs such as Viagra mean the older generation is having more sex than ever before
- Pall Mall Medical reports 97% reduction in STI tests for those aged 45+
Doctors are concerned as new figures have revealed an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in those aged over 65.
Despite confirmed cases of STIs increasing amongst older people, since 2017 Pall Mall Medical has seen a 97% reduction in over 45s being tested for STIs and STDs and want to use National STI Day (14th January) as an opportunity to raise awareness of the sharp decline and highlight the importance of booking a STI check with your local clinic, if you are sexually active.
Latest research shows that a record number in the over-65 age bracket are being diagnosed with the likes of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis*, with a 23% increase reported in diagnoses of STIs between 2014 and 2018**.
In 2018 alone, there were nearly three times more new diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among men aged 45-64 than among women in the same age group**.
Men in this age group received 23,943 diagnoses of STIs, an 18% increase since 2014, while women received 8,837 diagnoses, a 4% increase since 2014**.
Potential reasons for these increases are that many people aged 45+ are dating post-divorce – plus the medicalisation of sex means erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra, have rekindled the sex lives of many individuals, particularly people aged 50 and over. Not only are Brits living longer but they are also breaking conventions by having more sex during old age than any previous generation.
It is thought the decrease in testing may be attributed to embarrassment or reluctance to visit a health professional and take a test thanks to negative and outdated stereotypes of sex and intimacy in later life.
Dr. Chun Tang, private GP at Pall Mall Medical said: “It’s particularly concerning that rates of testing in the over-45s have dropped, especially given the statistics that show STIs in this age bracket have seen significant increases in recent years.
“Leaving STIs or STDs untreated can sometimes lead to devastating long-term complications, and they often go unnoticed. We see many cases where there are no visible symptoms present, so it’s incredibly important that if someone thinks they may be at risk they book in for screening as soon as possible.”
Untreated STIs should be treated as quickly as possible as they can lead to further medical complications. Pall Mall Medical is offering 25% off discreet STI checks for those over 45 years of age throughout January.
To book a test at Pall Mall’s Manchester, Newton-Le-Willows or Liverpool sites, please call 03300 58 44 55.
Notes to editors:
Pall Mall Medical provides high-quality private healthcare services to self-paying and private medical insured patients with no waiting lists for any appointments, scans or surgery. Our CQC-certified clinics are conveniently located in Liverpool, Manchester & Newton-Le-Willows.
*Public Health England
** Age UK research
25% off Instant Testing for the top 6 STD/STIs which include HIV, Hep B, Hep C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis. Offer is valid when booked with a nurse only. The offer excludes instant Herpes testing.
HIV – Was £95 – Now £71
INSTANT – Was £75 – Now £56
Instant 6 (HIV, Hep B, Hep C, Gon, Chl, Sph) – Was £345 – Now £260
Instant testing is an ideal option for the over 45’s, as unlike a GUM clinic visit, Pall Mall is a private healthcare clinic, where your identity and appointment type remain discreet. Testing is done in-clinic with a nurse, with results being available within just 20 minutes, which means no waiting for results. It is popular because there is no evidence trail of paperwork or follow up calls/ texts or letters to get results, so you can walk out the door knowing your results with peace of mind. Results are highly accurate and don’t require further testing, when results are negative.