ANCHOR LEAD: A LITTLE KNOWN SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE IS MUCH MORE COMMON THAN ANYONE KNEW, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Common wisdom has it that as people age their rate of infection with sexually transmitted organisms declines. What a surprise then to find that one group of older women experiences quite a lot of infection with an organism known as trichomonas. That's according to research by Charlotte Gaydos and colleagues at Johns Hopkins.
GAYDOS: This is an important issue to know that trichomonas, a parasitic infection which is an STI, is highly prevalent in older aged women. We usually think of STIs like Chlamydia and gonorrhea, as being very prevalent in young sexually active women, and so this was quite a surprise. Some other studies have indicated that the rates are a little bit higher in older women, but this was a real surprise to find that the rates were 10 and 12% in women that were over 40 and over 50 years of age. :32
Gaydos says all women should likely be routinely screened for trichomonas. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.