...while over-65s’ sex lives lead to disease
vowed to lead the fightback by removing dishes like avocado toast from its menu.
The Wild Strawberry Cafe in
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, which had been serving as many as 1,000 avocados a week, said it would be “plain wrong” to continue.
A spokesman added: “The Western world’s obsession with avocado has been placing unprecedented demand on avocado farmers, pushing up prices to the point where there are even reports of Mexican drug cartels controlling lucrative exports.”
The restaurant, which also specialises in vegan dishes, told patrons it had “thought long and hard” before reaching its decision, which also includes environmental concerns over intensive avocado farming that can lead to deforestation. Irish chef
‘Blood diamonds of Mexico’
THE NUMBER of over-65s seeking treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has hit a record high.
The generation which enjoyed the “summer of love” in the swinging sixties is now suffering from unprecedented levels of STIs, with the number soaring 14 per cent in the past year.
Better general health and drugs like Viagra are among the reasons why pensioners are having more active sex lives – with doctors admitting they are treating patients in their 90s.
A rise in the number of OAPs using dating websites to hook up for sex is also thought to be behind the increase of STIs in older people.
Figures from Public Health England show that in the past 12 months, the number of over-65s presenting with one of the five main STIs including warts, herpes and chlamydia has risen. It is up from 1,411 in 2016 to 1,608 in 2017.
The news comes at a time when the number of youngsters being diagnosed with the same illnesses is falling.
In the past five years, the number of OAPs being diagnosed with syphilis has trebled and those falling prey to gonorrhoea has more than doubled.
Chlamydia cases have also increased by 49 per cent and there has been a 36 per cent rise in people requiring treatment for herpes.
Dr Mark Lawton, a sexual health consultant, said: “While the majority of the patients we see in clinic are younger, it’s not uncommon to see people in their 60s or 70s.
“In fact, the oldest patient I’ve seen was 91 and he was still enjoying a healthy sex life.
“It’s important to remember that age doesn’t make you immune to STIs so using condoms and getting tested are still important.
“Also, please don’t feel embarrassed about going to a clinic. We treat people from all ages and backgrounds and it’s completely confidential.
“We don’t need to inform your GP or anyone else of your attendance.”