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Title: HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Sexuality in Later Life
Contributor(s): Minichiello, Victor  (author); Hawkes, Gail  (author)orcid ; Pitts, Marian (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1007/s11908-010-0164-6
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Abstract: In this article, we review recent evidence indicating that people over the age of 50 years are increasingly at risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and that - thanks to the success of highly active antiretroviral therapies - those infected with HIV are now living into older age. We show that health professionals and society in general have been reluctant to acknowledge sexuality in older adults. Sexuality until recently has been regarded as merely a matter of male potency and sexual function, whereas older women’s sexuality and desires have been ignored. Changing patterns of sexual practices, including high rates of divorce and partner change in the older age groups, indicate that focus and concern with sex and sexuality in later life will become part of routine prevention and maintenance of sexual health.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Current Infectious Disease Reports, 13(2), p. 182-187
Publisher: Current Medicine Group LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1523-3847
Field of Research (FOR): 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
920413 Social Structure and Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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