Is 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Causing Rise In STI's Among The Elderly?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/28/2014 | 01:45 PM EDT

Doctor blames erotic novel for spike in sexually transmitted infections among those 50 and older

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise among people 50 years and older, and one doctor believes the popular, erotic book Fifty Shades of Grey is to blame.


In the U.S., elderly Americans  with STIs - which include infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis - have skyrocketed over the past decade. And somehow, a physician thinks the raunchy 2011 novel is influencing older people to be more promiscuous and risky in the bedroom.


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"When it comes to forgetting about safe sex we always think of the vulnerability of young people, but there's the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ effect where older people are being more explorative, but not necessarily remembering to use a condom," said Dr. Charlotte Jones, the chair of the British Medical Association's General Practitioners Committee.


In 2012, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that STI rates for 45- to 65-year-olds almost tripled over the decade in the U.S. And in England, the rate of STIs in people 65 and older rose 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. The rate rose 3 percent for people age 45-64.


The book, which explores bondage and sadomasochism, has sold more than 100 million copies and a movie based on the first installment of the trilogy is being released next year. It’s popularity has taken off internationally, opening up conversations on sexual pleasure among all age, gender and racial demographics.


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Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey can be attributed to the rise in STIs? Sound off.

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