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Randy pensioners are causing a rise in sexually transmitted diseases.

The number of over-65s testing positive increased from 2,296 in 2017 to 2,771 in 2019.

And there was a rise from 29,707 to 34,921 cases among those aged 45-64, Public Health England figures show.

Age UK director Caroline Abrahams said: “Sex continues to be important for many of us well into old age. But for some reason, the whole topic remains taboo in some circles.

“This is a shame and it also means that sexually active ­older people are at greater risk of STIs than they need to be or ought to be.”

The most common infection was found to be genital warts, with 542 reported infections among OAPs. Herpes was the second most frequently reported condition, followed by gonorrhoea in third.

London was the nation’s hotspot for STIs among the middle-aged and elderly.

The capital has almost three times more cases than the average for the whole country.

The North West had the next highest infection rate, followed by the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Last December, World Health Organisation medics warned that a mutant “super gonorrhoea” strain is on the rise that is highly infectious and drug-resistant.

It is feared it will soon become untreatable thanks to a perfect storm caused by Covid-19.

WHO official said the STI may become even more resistant to antibiotics as their overuse during the pandemic is driving its mutation.

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Experts say the conditions thrown up by coronavirus have given the super strain of the infection the perfect conditions to thrive.

There were more than 90 million cases of gonorrhoea worldwide last year with the number growing by 17%.

The WHO reports that the majority of cases are in Africa but the western world is seeing cases grow at a fast rate.

The UK has the highest gonorrhoea rate in Europe and there could be more than 420,000 new cases every year by 2030.

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