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Older people are at risk of sexually transmitted infections
  1. Natalie Savona
  1. Correspondence to Natalie Savona, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK; n.j.savona{at}

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The highest age of participants in the current National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL III) is 74 years; the rise from 44 year in NATSAL II is both timely and apposite. Analysis of UK surveillance data shows that while younger people still account for the majority of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the fastest growing increases are in people over 45 years.1 For example, between 1999 and 2008, there was a 102% increase in reported cases of Chlamydia among 16–19 year old women …

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