...while over-65s’ sex lives lead to dis­ease

Sunday Express - - CRASH THAT CHANGED THE RAILWAYS - By Matthew Davis

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.”

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