Over-45s are less aware of STI risks

Adults over 45 years old are less aware of the risks of STIs than teenagers, according to a survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

When over 55-year-olds were asked what they thought their chances were of acquiring an STI from unprotected sex, 25 per cent believed it was 'next to nothing' compared with 13 per cent of 18-24 year olds.

Heidi Wright, head of practice at the RPSGB, said: 'The majority of safe sex messages are targeted at teenagers, but as more adults begin new relationships later in life, they quite clearly need advice too.'

Almost one in five 45-54 year olds surveyed said they had had unprotected sex with someone other than a long-term partner in the past five years.

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