Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Unprotected sex on the rise for the over 50's

The over-50s are putting paid to the myth that only young people risk their sexual health, with one in five admitting to having unprotected sex with a new partner. Research by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, has shown that almost one in four of 45- to 54-year-olds said they did not use contraception as they trusted the person they were sleeping with did not have an sexually transmitted infection.

Nearly 32 per cent of the 2,258 people interviewed described their risk of picking up an STI when having unprotected sex as either unlikely or very unlikely. A further 20 per cent believed their chances of catching an STI were "next to nothing."

For all of our life experience and supposed wisdom with advancing years we are certainly naive on this issue.

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