Unsafe sex on the rise in over-50s
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:09p.m.
Sex without condoms is rife amongst people over the age of 50, according to a new survey.
Website GrownUps.co.nz quizzed more than 730 New Zealanders aged over 50 on all aspects of their sex lives, including how often they have it, how well they rate themselves and whether or not they use condoms.
The survey found that 78.5 percent of people said they never used condoms when having sex, while 17.9 percent said they only use them sometimes.
“Over recent years there have been many reports about the increase in STIs in the 50-plus community,” says Richard Poole, GrownUps.co.nz co-founder.
“This could be due to the rising divorce rate and therefore increased incidences of casual sex, however it’s no reason to not use condoms. It’s quite obvious that the over-50s are having a lot of sex, but it’s important to make sure you know your partner has had a ‘sexual warrant of fitness’.”
The survey also found that 31.7 percent of participants said they were most sexually active in the mornings and 46.2 percent rated themselves in the bedroom.
Just over 4 percent said they had sex at least once a day, while 11.5 percent said they never have sex.
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