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Sex infections soar among elderly

Sexually transmitted infections among middle-aged people and the elderly are on the rise, the Liberal Democrats have said.

Cases of chlamydia and syphilis have risen sharply since 2002, according to figures produced in parliament.

Chlamydia among those aged 45 to 64 went from 1,276 cases in 2002 to 1,933 in 2006 - a rise in 51%.

Among people aged over 65, cases went from 59 in 2002 to 81 in 2006 - a rise of 37%.

Gonorrhoea among those aged 45 to 64 fell from 1,145 cases in 2002 to 1,102 in 2006.

But among the over-65s, there was an 11% rise in cases of gonorrhoea, from 53 cases in 2002 to 59 in 2006.

Cases of syphilis among people aged 45 to 64 rose 139%, from 172 in 2002 to 411 in 2006.

Liberal Democrat health spokeswoman Sandra Gidley said: "Most people think that STIs only affect young people but this is clearly not the case.

 "Too often, campaigns against STIs are solely aimed at teenagers and people in their 20s.

"The government needs to ensure that information is available to all age groups, so that we can buck this worrying trend."

Liberal Democrat

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