Over 50s 'vulnerable to STIs'

Many over 50s are leaving themselves vulnerable to contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a new study has found.

Research by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain revealed that one in five people in this age group are not using contraception when having sex with a new partner.

Helen Lederer, the actress and comedienne who is helping to raise awareness of the issue, believes this is partly because contraception is only used to prevent pregnancy, and therefore not needed by older people.

Indeed, 20 per cent of those polled said the likelihood of them getting a sexually transmitted disease is "next to nothing".

"Sexually transmitted infections are on the increase," Ms Lederer warned.

"It's very important to highlight this, because sexual activity is happening more with this age group."

Ms Lederer added that consequences of sexually transmitted diseases can be "very grave".

This comes after a study by OnePoll found that four in ten sexually-active Britons do not regularly use contraception.

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