Fiftysomethings Are Having Unprotected Sex With Their Friends, Says New Study

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The Times posed this question today: "They have sex with friends, acquaintances and people they’re casually dating. Many have never been tested for H.I.V. or any other sexually transmitted disease, but they rarely use condoms. Who are they?" A: "What is ... old people?"

Yep, the results of "one of the most comprehensive national sex studies in almost twenty years," carried out by the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, says fiftysomething singles are getting laid, early and often. The majority of men over 50 have a regular sexual partner, and almost a quarter of them said the partner is a "friend” or a “new acquaintance.”


'Friends with benefits' are uniquely suited to two groups of people — the young, who want to delay starting their life, and older people, who don’t want to complicate it,' said Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor.

And they don't even do it safely:


Only 25 percent of those 50 and over who were single or had a new sex partner or more than one partner in a year said they had used a condom the last time they had sex, the study found. Almost 40 percent had never been tested for H.I.V., and a significant number didn’t know the sexual history of their partners.

It's like Cocoon has become a reality. Well, have fun, you crazy kids. But use protection!

Grown-Up, but Still Irresponsible [NYT via Gawker]