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Medical Student: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Related to Sex and STI Prevention in the Elderly Population
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Poster Title: Medical Student: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Related to Sex and STI Prevention in the Elderly Population
Submitted on 15 Oct 2019
Author(s): Amore Jones; Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP;Chivon Brown Stubbs, MD
Affiliations: Morehouse School of Medicine
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Abstract: As the average life expectancy in the United States continues to increase, there are more elderly persons engaging in sexual activity. As a result, the rates of sexually transmitted infections are steadily rising among adults age 65 and older. There are a few age-related factors that place older adults at a greater risk for sexually transmitted infections such as, age-related changes to reproductive organs, and the decreased likelihood of condom use during sexual intercourse by post-menopausal women. Additionally, the healthcare provider might not deem it necessary to test elderly patients for sexually transmitted infections. Studies have shown that some physicians do not obtain sexual histories from their elderly patients due to lack of medical training on providing sexual counseling to the elderly.

This study will assess the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to sex and STI prevention in the elderly population. Patients will be asked to complete a survey assessing their sexual health, demographics, and experiences as a patient. The patient must be at least 65 years of age to participate in the study. Healthcare providers will be asked to complete a Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors (KAB) Survey relating to their experiences on providing sexual counseling to the elderly. Survey participants will be recruited from Morehouse Healthcare.
Summary: This study will assess the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to sex and STI prevention in the elderly population. Patients will be asked to complete a survey assessing their sexual health, demographics, and experiences as a patient. Healthcare providers will be asked to complete a Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors (KAB) Survey relating to their experiences on providing sexual counseling to the elderly.References: HIV and Older Adults Understanding HIV/AIDS. (2019, April 08). Retrieved from
https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/fact-sheets/25/80/hiv-and-older-adults

HIV/AIDS. (2018, September 18). Retrieved from
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Ports, K. A., Barnack-Tavlaris, J. L., Syme, M. L., Perera, R. A., & Lafata, J. E. (2014). Sexual Health
Discussions with Older Adult Patients During Periodic Health Exams. The Journal of Sexual
Medicine,11(4), 901-908. doi:10.1111/jsm.12448

2017 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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