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Men over 45s are at  risk of STIs


People are being urged to remember that when they get over the age of 45 they are more likely to become sexually active, have sex and then infect their partners, in a development which will also increase the likelihood of developing HIV and other sexually transmissible diseases.

According to Dr Amir Suchi, a consultant in emergency medicine at the Midwifery and Population Health Service at the Lifford Hospital in Dublin, it is important to take heed of the following:-Be aware of signs of stomach cancer and stomach cancer as well as small cut in your belly on your tongue-Talk to your doctor about why you feel this way-If you have tests which show you have antibodies to both HIV and chlamydia, including a blood test, continue to be on treatment until you discover you have caught the virus, not to mention a sexually transmitted infection.

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a sexually transmitted infection, which means that a person has not been infected by someone else.

Some people harbour the HIV virus inside their genetic "key" cells, which are located in the cervix, vagina and anus. Others infected may carry another STI.

Female germ-transmitted infections can develop into sores and blisters, or other infections which can develop into more serious conditions such as irreversible hearing loss and lesions of the cervix, urethra, penis and testicles.

As such, although one of the risk factors for becoming sexually active and incidences of HIV are having sexual intercourse and risk-taking behaviour including sex without protection (kissing, flicking or sex without condom use).Most people are unaware that penile STIs can also be contracted from non-consensual or unsafe sex.

The virus is spread through direct contact and when an infected person is using the anus for sexual penetration. Penile STIs do not usually go unnoticed even by a trained healthcare professional.

In a study carried out in December 2018, those who were tested for HIV were 17% more likely to contract STIs. STIs can also be contracted by touching the exposed nerves of the penis especially during penetrative sex. After sex, the HIV virus must be recovered and quarantined.

For those younger than 18, the extremely effective treatment - called combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) - was found to be as effective as any other immunosuppressive treatments. CART was found to be both 99.9% and 100% effective in preventing sexual transmission and HIV infection.

Both cART and multivalent cART can inhibit HIV infection. Transfusing antiretrovial drugs (anti-retrovirals) were not found to be effective in preventing HIV infection when used for a minimum of five days.

Even when condoms were used, an estimated 1.6 million people were not protected by their condoms, making condoms not 98% effective and highly inadequate.

Dr Suchi, who was not involved in the study, also pointed out that rates of HIV infection among older people are greater than in younger people and a large share of sexually active people over the age of 15 would require several months of daily condoms to prevent HIV infection. Hence, chastification is not as effective as other forms of protection."Health professionals need to be educated that condoms are less effective than non-condom devices, which is not true. A woman over the age of 75 who is asexual or experienced in sexual activity needs at least 15 condoms daily for SUPREME medical reasons," he said.