What are STDs?

Medicare began covering annual STD screenings in 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports significant increases in Sexually Transmitted Diseases between 2010 and 2014 among adults 65 and over:

  • Chlamydia infections increased by about 52 percent
  • Syphilis infections rose by about 65 percent
  • Gonorrhea cases increased by more than 90 percent


The CDC and other organizations such as Safer Sex for Seniors are working to raise awareness of STDs among older adults.

Chlamydia symptoms

Syphilis symptoms

Gonorrhea symptoms

Genital herpes symptoms

Trichomoniasis symptoms

To find an STD test site near you click here.

Medicaid in KY began covering STD testing in 2010

According to the CDC, in 2014, people aged 50 and over accounted for 17% of an estimated 44,073 HIV diagnoses in the US.

The CDC also reports that KY is vulnerable to an HIV outbreak due to increasing IV drug use and sharing needles.  The areas in green are most at risk. 

Below is a chart representing HIV cases in Kentucky.  To find an HIV test site near you click here.

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