According to research recently published by athenahealth, older adults (aged ≥60 years) represent the largest increase in in-office treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Between 2014 and 2017 the percent change in treatment rate per 100,000 people among the 60+ group was nearly 25%. For perspective, during the same 4-year period, the entire population aged ≥13 years saw an increase in treatment of STIs of 11%.
The trend among older adults is of concern given the natural waning of immunity and other age-related changes. What can primary care providers do? Focus a bit more attention on your older patients. And, find out how much you know with a short quiz.
1. Approximately what percentage of older adults aged 75-85 years are sexually active?
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