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J Gerontol Nurs. 1990 Apr;16(4):33-40.

Sexually transmitted diseases in the elderly--issues and recommendations.


The incidence of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the elderly population is significant for both newly acquired disease and for residual complications from preceding infections. Every health-care practitioner needs to assume responsibility for the primary prevention of STDs, which focuses on avoiding infection. Primary health education is imperative in the presence of an escalation of sexually transmitted infection for which there is no known curative therapy. The sexual history is an integral component of the routine data base for all geriatric patients. Diagnosis of AIDS in the generally low risk elderly population may be unexpected. Health-care practitioners must be aware of its many forms of presentation.

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