October 12, 2010

Unprotected Sex Too

1 “Friends with Benefits” Common in Middle Age

According to the most recent National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, “friends with benefits” are not the exclusive provenance of young adults. Middle aged people are having casual sexual relationships with friends as opposed to romantic partners too. Said the survey, 23 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 50 had recent sexual encounters with a “friend” or “new acquaintance.” In addition, sexually active teens are more responsible about having safe sex than older people. The survey said only 25 percent of older people who had sex with a new partner or more than one partner in a year used a condom the last time they had sex. 40 percent had never been HIV tested and a large number didn’t know the sexual history of their partners.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Baby Boomers Are Driving Up Suicide Rates

Tags: HIV, Sex, Sexual Behavior, Middle-Age, National Survey of Sex and Behavior, Friends with Benefits, Condoms, Unprotected Sex, Middle-Aged Sex

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More Activity, Less Alcohol

2 Three Habits Key in Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women who are active on a regular basis, keep a healthy weight, and moderate alcohol consumption, lower their risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. Records from women aged 50 to 79 who were part of a study that began in 1993 were analyzed. Over the course of the study, 1,997 were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. In women with a family history of breast cancer and no healthy habits, seven out of 1,000 developed breast cancer yearly while six out of every 1,000 who followed them did. In women doing all three and without a family history, approximately 3.5 out of 1,000 were diagnosed compared to 4.6 out of 1,000 not following them. One goal of this study was to show women with a first degree relative who had breast cancer that they could decrease their risks.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Alcohol Consumption, Breast Cancer, Exercise, Reduce Breast Cancer Risk, Maintaining a Healthy Weight, Family History of Breast Cancer

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