Over-50s males targeted in sexual health campaign

Over-50s are being targeted in a new campaign designed to promote the use of condoms among newly single men.

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard reports how the local NHS trust is aiming to reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among older people.

A spokeswoman for the sexual health team said: "Society stills sees sexual activity among older men as taboo and this attitude makes older people ashamed or embarrassed to admit to being sexual adults."

However, she warned that STIs are on the increase among individuals aged over 50 at a rate that is higher than in younger people.

It was suggested that the rise in popularity of internet dating and international travel could be one of the main reason for the spread of infections.

The initiative, which will see posters displayed in doctors' surgeries and libraries encouraging men to get tested, is part of the trust's 'no girls allowed' theme for this year's sexual health week (January 22nd to 29th).