Pensioners are to get free condoms to stem the rising rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among the elderly population.
‘Jiggle, Wiggle’ campaign
A campaign named ‘Jiggle, Wiggle’ is targeting older people across Derbyshire, where the NHS will give out condoms at GP surgeries and other local venues.
Rebecca Spencer, general manager of the initiative, launched by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said “We want to make residents aware that sexual health services are not just for young people – they are for all people.”
Ms Spencer added: “We offer specialist services at 11 locations in Derbyshire, as well as through GP and pharmacy providers and an online service which allows residents to order a STI and HIV testing kit online and get it delivered.”
In 2017, two of the most commonly diagnosed STIs were chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
There has been a 150 per cent rise in the number of people diagnosed with syphilis in 2017, when compared to 2008. There was a 200 per cent leap in the number of people diagnosed with gonorrhoea in 2017 (when compared to 2008).
Statistics from Public Health England show a 25 per cent increase in people aged over 65 diagnosed with gonorrhea in 2017, when compared to the year before.
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