STIs are not ageist (or sexist, racist, or any other kind of -ist)! Although the actual percentage of older men with STIs pales in comparison to that of their younger counterparts, the rate of increase is significant.
According to a study of Medicare and other medical data conducted by sociologists at Harvard University, “between 2005 and 2009 the rate for syphilis in [older] men… went from 1.9 per 100,000 people in 2005 to 2.9 per 100,000 in 2009…chlamydia rate went from 8 per 100,000 to 11 per 100,000 during the same period.”
Additionally, the researchers discovered that men taking medication for erectile dysfunction were more 1.5 times more likely to have an STI than those not taking medication. So, basically, just because you can’t get it up doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wrap it up.
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