GAY MEN OVER 65 ARE HAPPIEST WITH THEIR SEX LIVES, STUDY FINDS


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For all the gay men who are worrying about getting older… take heart!

Some 70% of gay and bisexual men aged 65 to 70 in UK were satisfied with their sex lives, more than any other demographic, according to a major UK study of over 15,000 gay and bisexual men by Sigma Research in conjunction with UK sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

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Gay and bisexual men aged 45-49 were the least satisfied, with just 54% claiming to be content.

Cary James, Head of Health Promotion at THT, said: “The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us a well-rounded view of the landscape in which we’re working and these findings will help shape future sexual health promotion and HIV prevention tactics.”

The study also found that 77% of the British gay men had been been tested for HIV, a major increase in the last five years, and over half (55%) had been tested in the past 12 months (compared to 36% in a 2010 survey).

However, some 25% of the gay men surveyed have never been tested and around 36% are not sure about their HIV status.

Dr Ford Hickson, who conducted the study, said: “Knowing your HIV status is key to tackling the HIV epidemic, so it’s really important to get tested. Testing is fast, easy and confidential.”