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According to a recent scientific study, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among over 50s doubled in the past decade. Like many clinics, we are seeing an increasing number of older adults with sexually transmitted diseases (STI) and HIV.
Many of those seeking help are newly single – perhaps through divorce, separation, or the death of their partners and have started new sexual relationships without using condoms. Others are women who have gone through the menopause who do not see the need for protection while older adult men believe condom use worsens their erectil
If you want to find out more about your STD risk or are feeling anxious about your sexual health we can book you in for a series of tests and check-ups with fast access and fast results.
This will be carried out by either one of our experienced consultants – Dr. Harris or Dr. Robinson. This option includes taking a sexual history, a medical examination and STI testing. Routine screening includes tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichomonas, Bacterial Vaginosis, Candidiasis, HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, a Wart examination and Herpes simplex virus (HSV) detection if indicated
Last year, four London sexual health clinics saw dramatic falls in new HIV infections among gay men of around 40 per cent compared to 2015. This decline may be mostly due to thousands of people buying medicines called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which cut the chance of catching the virus, online.
However, buying online raises concerns for both patients and clinicians – primarily safety issues. Can you be sure that the drugs you have ordered from online pharmacies in India and Swaziland (for example) are safe – or even real?