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'Men over 60 who pay for sex use less protection'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New York, Jan 6: Men over 60 who pay for sex use less protection and purchase more sex as they age, new research has revealed. According to lead study author Dr Christine Milrod, among American men between ages 60 and 84 who pay for sex, it was found that the older they were, the more frequently they paid for sex. They were also more likely to have experienced unprotected sexual intercourse multiple times with their favourite commercial sex providers.

“There is a nearly universal perception that older men do not pay for, or even engage sexually with regular frequency,” said Dr Milrod. This view may contribute to a false sense of security for both clients and sex workers during their encounters, and may lead to less protective strategies than with younger purchasers of sex.

“In addition, the exchange of emotiol intimacy during the so-called ‘Girlfriend Experience’ as well as the possibility of being viewed as an elderly low-risk client may contribute to a relaxation of boundaries and a false sense of security in avoiding sexually-transmitted infections (STIs),” Milrod explained. Using various sex provider review websites and discussion boards, Dr. Christine Milrod and University of Portland sociology professor Martin Monto surveyed 208 men between the ages of 60 and 84 who solicited sex workers in order to assess their condom use and sexual risk taking. The researchers found that 59.2 percent reported not always using protection with sex workers. Nearly 95 percent reported avoiding protection for manual masturbation and 91 percent reported avoiding protection for oral sex.

While 31.1 percent reported having been diagnosed with an STI at some point during their lifetime, 29.2 percent reported having an “all-time favourite” sex provider with whom they engage repeatedly. Being more emotiolly attached to sex workers was positively related to more unprotected sex. (IANS)

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