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New Mexico: STDs on the Rise in Those Over 45 and Show Few Symptoms, So Get Tested

July 14, 2011

With the knowledge that people age 45 and older represent the fastest-growing STD population, New Mexico health experts are urging residents to take steps to prevent infection.


"Sexual health is everyone's responsibility," said Tara Misra, health educator for the University of New Mexico (UNM). People need to educate themselves about STDs, become familiar with their bodies and use protection, she said. It also is recommended that "people get into a pretty regular habit of being tested," particularly when starting new relationships, Misra said.

Dr. Joel Teicher, an obstetrician/gynecologist at ABQ Health Partners, said late-life divorce and post-divorce dating are factors driving STDs in older people. Chlamydia, a bacterial infection that often shows no symptoms, is "far and away the most-common" STD he sees.

"STDs are equal opportunity infectors," said Dr. Peggy Spencer of UNM's Student Health and Counseling. "The germs don't know how old you are. Anyone who has sex can get an STD. It's more about your behavior than your age. If you have unprotected sex at any age you might catch something."

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Adapted from:
Albuquerque Journal
07.03.2011; Anne Pedersen

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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