STI warning for Lincoln’s over 50s

Lincoln’s over 50s are warned about STIs and the health risks associated, after a sharp rise in cases in their age group, says the Health Protection Agency.

Although more people are being diagnosed every day with a sexually transmitted infection, in Lincolnshire alone the over 50s bracket increased 23% in 2009.

During the sexual health week (September 13-19) Lincolnshire Community Health Services will be advising Lincolnites to get an STI test at their nearest clinic.

Nurse consultant in GU medicine for Lincolnshire Community Health Services Sue Collins said: “It is great news that people in their 50s are enjoying an active sex life, but evidence shows that they are putting their sexual health at risk.

“You are never too old to learn about safer sex, and we encourage anyone changing sexual partners to make a sexual health appointment at their nearest clinic.

“The service is free and completely confidential. Trained health professionals are available to offer sexual and contraceptive health advice. Just call the central booking line on 01522 539 145.”

For a breakdown of the STI statistics for the East Midlands, click here.

Source: United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust | Photo: Nursing Times