Cases of STDs increasing among 'over 50' crowd

Today's older population isn't practising safe sex

Having the 'safe sex' talk with teenagers is something many parents dread, but a new report suggests it's parents and grandparents that should be reminded about safe sex practices.

A top doctor in the United Kingdom believes the erotic novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is to blame for a rise in sexually transmitted diseases among people over the age of 50. Dr. Charlotte Jones says couples are now being more adventurous in bed, leading to the rise in STD cases.

Newstalk 1010's own medical correspondent, Dr. Mitch Shulman doesn't believe the novel is to blame, but he does confirm that the number of reported STDs has increased in all age groups, and that's including among the older population.

Shulman sites a few factors that may be contributing to this.

One reason is the fact that today's older population is much healthier than previous generations and they're also more sexually experimental. He says this age group is much more open about discussing sex which can lead to more experimentation behind closed doors.

Secondly, women at that age are less concerned about becoming pregnant, so they may avoid condom use, but they aren't taking sexually transmitted diseases into account.

Dr. Shulman says some of STDs such as gonorrhea, are becoming resistant to antibiotics, which is also why we're seeing more cases.

The doctor also says that STDs are increasing among all age groups at this point.

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