Harvard Health Letter

Sexually transmitted disease? At my age?

There’s an upswing in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the United States, and it includes older adults. For as long as humans have engaged in sex, there have been sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The term STD (which has replaced the older “venereal disease”) generally refers to infections that can be transmitted by vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Among them are genital herpes, human papillomavirus, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency…

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