“Sex doesn’t stop just because you’ve hit 50 plus, that’s a fact.”
Alan 87 & Janet 85
Positive sexually transmitted infections test results have risen over the last three years in virtually every age group in Kent & Medway. There are substantial rises in positive test results for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in those aged over 65.
One in five people tested positive for a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in Kent & Medway between April 1st, 2016 and Nov 30, 2019, according to data from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCH).
269,534 persons attended a sexual health clinic in Kent & Medway for the period above. Of these, 125,466 were tested for Bacterial STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis; viral STIs such as genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, and genital warts, as well as parasitic STIs including trichomoniasis.
KCHs data states that one in five of the those tested, or 24,721, tested positive for a known STI.
The age group most likely to test positive for an STI, are those between 20 – 29, who make up 51% of those with a positive test for an STI.
The data provided by KCH proves Alan & Janet to be right. Sex doesn’t stop at 50. This is also supported by a study written up in the British Medical Journal which concluded more than 80% of those aged 50-90 years are sexually active.
What the data also shows is an upward trend in STI’s and an increase in promiscuous unsafe sexual behaviour, across virtually all age groups in Kent & Medway. This promiscuous behaviour has cost Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, £3,855,119.
The fact that more people are coming forward to be tested; and the improvements there have been in the way tests are done, is to be welcomed. But it’s also clear not enough people are taking care of their sexual health.
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