Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Melva Thompson-Robinson

Second Committee Member

Courtney Coughenour

Third Committee Member

Amanda Morgan

Fourth Committee Member

Susan Van Beuge

Number of Pages



Sexually transmitted infections (STI) can impact all persons. Since 2000, the number of STIs has steadily increased among persons aged 50 years and older in the United States (Purpora, 2012). Persons over the age of 60 accounted for the biggest increase of in-office treatments of STIs between 2014 and 2017 (Howley, 2018). The purpose of this study was to use the Sexual Health Model to examine the relationship between various predictors and these persons’ perceived risk of STIs, their STI knowledge, and other barriers that impact the sexual health of persons 65 years of age and older. This study used a 30-item survey to assess these predictors. The data collected was analyzed via IBM SPSS version 25 using descriptive statistics, chi- square/correlation, and multiple linear regression. The findings of this study indicated a few predictors that impact sexual health of those 65 years of age and older, including gender, Medicare enrollment, and STI knowledge. Although this study had its limitations, it is one of the few examining sexual health within the 65 and older population. Even though some predictors were identified, this study highlights the need for sexual health education within the 65 and older population, especially between health care providers and patients of this age group.


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs); Older population


Geriatrics | Public Health | Virus Diseases

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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