Free condoms will be offered to PENSIONERS in Derbyshire to fight against STIs
Free condoms will be offered to sexually active retirees to combat rising rates of STIs among those over 60.
In the first such NHS campaign – named Jiggle, Wiggle – local services in Derbyshire will distribute contraception to GP offices, as well as community locations and food banks.
Rising divorce rates and the rise of online dating are believed to be fueling the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
Free condoms will be offered to sexually active retirees in Derbyshire (stock)
The new campaign is led by the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.
It will target people aged 35 or over in 11 locations across Derbyshire.
“There has been an increase in the number of STIs and HIV diagnoses among older residents and this group of people are sometimes overlooked in sexual health campaigns and interventions,” said a spokesperson for Trust. The telegraph.
The campaign will target an older population, making it clear that safe sex still applies and also promoting that sexual health services are for them too – challenging their view that services are ‘not for them. them”.
WHAT IS GONORRHEA?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus.
This bacteria is usually found in discharge from the penis or vaginal secretions.
It is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, as well as by sharing vibrators or sex toys that have been used without a condom.
The bacteria can infect the cervix, urethra, rectum, throat or eyes.
It can also be spread from pregnant women to their unborn babies.
Because the bacteria cannot survive outside the body for long, gonorrhea is not spread by kissing, hugging, sharing towels, toilet seats, or swimming.
About one in 10 men and half of women have no symptoms.
However, these can include:
- Thick green or yellow discharge from the genitals
- Pain when urinating
- Bleeding between periods in women
Treatment usually consists of a single injection of the antibiotic and a tablet.
Gonorrhea can be prevented by using condoms during sex and not sharing sex toys.
Source: NHS Choice
Project executive director Rebecca Spencer wants STI services to be accessible to all ages, although infections are most common in people aged 15 to 24.
“If you are having sex, taking care of your sexual health is important,” she said.
“We want to try to reduce the number of infections in all age groups.”
Chlamydia testing in Derbyshire is poor.
HIV testing is also low, especially among men.
As a result, 50% of adults diagnosed with the virus in 2017 were at an advanced stage of infection.
Figures from Public Health England revealed that the number of people over 65 who caught common STIs rose from 1,411 in 2016 to 1,608 in 2017, an increase of 14%.
Syphillis, one of the less common infections, was three times more common among those over 65 last year than in 2017.
Meanwhile, the number of people in the same age group who contract gonorrhea has more than doubled and cases of chlamydia have increased by 49%.
Other infections included genital herpes, which increased 36 percent.
An expert warned in October that more and more people are contracting STIs due to the increase in the use of dating apps.
Apps like Tinder and Bumble have been accused of facilitating casual sex and quickly switching between partners.
STIs in older people are a growing problem, with the publication of the 44-page brochure “Older People in Care Homes: Sex, Sexuality and Intimate Relationships” last November.
“Although the majority of the patients we see in clinics are younger, it is not uncommon to see people in their sixties and sixties,” said Dr. Mark Lawton, sexual health consultant and member of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. Express.
“In fact, the oldest patient I saw was 91 years old and still had a healthy sex life.
“It’s important to remember that age doesn’t make you immune to STIs, so it’s always important to use condoms and get tested.”