Call for safe sex advice for over 45s

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). By Laura James.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

When over 55-year-olds were asked what they thought their chances were of acquiring an STI from unprotected sex, 25% believed it was ‘next to nothing’ compared with 13% 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 unprotected sex with someone other than a long-term partner in the past five years.

  • Should older adults be targeted with safe sex messages?

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