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Health and Fitness Wednesday July 2, 2008

STDs doubled in Britain among middle-aged
HIV increase most among young black men



STDs doubled in Britain among middle-aged

LONDON (UPI) -- In Britain, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases was highest among women ages 45 to 54, but highest among men age 55 to 60, researchers said.

Researchers monitored the numbers of sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed in 19 sexual health clinics and reported to the Health Protection Agency's Regional Surveillance Unit from 1996 to 2003.

In total, 4,445 sexually transmitted disease episodes were identified among people ages 45 and older during that time. Most were straight men and women.

The study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, found rates of sexually transmitted diseases have doubled among those over age 45 during the study period.

The most commonly diagnosed infection among those older than 45 was genital warts -- 45 percent. Herpes was the next most common, accounting for 19 percent.

Cases of Chlamydia, herpes, warts, gonorrhea and syphilis all rose sharply among the middle-aged, the study said. The cumulative rate of infections more than doubled from 16.7 per 100,000 of the population in 1996 to 36.3 per 100,000 of the population in 2003.

The numbers of infections identified in younger age groups rose 97 percent during the period of the study while those identified in the over 45 age group rose 127 percent.



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HIV increase most among young black men

ATLANTA (UPI) -- The number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses from 2001 to 2006 among men who have sex with men increased 8.6 percent, U.S. health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta conducted an analysis of trends in diagnoses of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men in the 33 states that have had confidential, name-based HIV case reporting since at least 2001.

From 2001-06, an estimated 214,379 people had HIV/AIDS diagnosed in the 33 states. Of these diagnoses, 46 percent were in men who have sex with men and 4 percent were in men who have sex with men who engaged in illicit injection-drug use, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said.

Among males, men who have sex with men accounted for 97,577, or 63 percent of cases. Men ages 25 to 44 years accounted for 64 percent of cases among men who have sex with men. From 2001-06, a 12.40percent increase in the number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses among all black men who have sex with men was observed; however, an increase of 93.1 percent was observed among black men who have sex with men ages 13 to 24 years.