all things condoms

Old Folks Not so Safe

Posted by Condomologist on March 20, 2009

A recent report out of the UK from the International Journal of Epidemiology shows that those in their 30s and 40s are half as likely to use a condom when having sex with a new partner, which coupled with — as the report tells us —  “increasing rates of STIs diagnosed among those in their 30s and 40s suggest that interventions that promote consistent condom use with new partners are urgently required, not just for young people as has been the focus recently, but for people in their 30s and 40s and older who are increasingly forming new partnerships.”

Catherine Mercer, the lead researcher of the study, says, “Although a disproportionate amount of partnerships are formed among people in their teens and 20s, the fact is that about 45% of marriages are now expected to end in divorce, which means that the ‘population attributable risk’ of partnership formation by those in their 30s and 40s will increase.”

So with divorce rates around 50% both here and in the UK, we’ve got a whole lot of older single folks hooking up like teenagers, and apparently they need to be schooled in the ways of safer sex just like the teeny-boppers. Geez, just when you think you can focus on sex ed for the youth — and we certainly need to do that with teen pregnancy rates rising  here at home and use of condoms amongst teens now leveling off or slightly decreasing — now we have to figure out how to talk sexual health to middle-agers as well.


2 Responses to “Old Folks Not so Safe”

  1. All this talk of everything condoms hooked me in. Yes, condoms are vital in this day and age. But as a woman in her mid 30’s and single, I wouldn’t consider not using condoms. My preferred brand to keep on hand are One brand condoms, not just for their excellent quality but their creative packaging makes it fun and trendy to practice safe sex. Don’t take my word for it, check out their site. It is a brand worth noting!

  2. Jonathan said

    My question to Granitebutterfly is if she works for onecondoms or not. If not, cool. But I’m skeptical.

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