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Older adults hesitate to talk about their sexual health – here's why it's a big deal

By Ojo Melvin Agunbiade, Senior lecturer, African Population and Health Research Center
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Globally, older people’s voices and experiences tend to be left out of discussions on sexual health and well-being. Their sexual health needs are stereotyped as insignificant beyond the reproductive periods of life. Yet sexual activity is, of course, happening among older adults and between older and younger adults – making them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections.

Where access to essential sexual health services is limited – as in many countries in Africa – this vulnerability is a concern.

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