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Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2006 Mar;8(2):139-47.

Sexually transmitted diseases in older adults.

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  • 1Division of Geriatric Medicine, St Louis University Health Sciences Center, 1402 South Grand Boulevard, Room M238, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA.


Health professionals are frequently reluctant to recognize or investigate the sexuality of their older patients. Thus, sexual health may never be addressed, even among older adults who come into frequent contact with health care professionals. As the dominant culture continues to shift toward a more realistic view of aging that supports the expression of sexuality among older adults, evaluation of sexual health will become a critical component of comprehensive assessment of the geriatric patient. This article reviews the clinical features and management of common sexually transmitted diseases in the older adult.

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