Let’s Talk about Sex

Date: 01/05/2014
Reference: PR 4554

Wakefield Council is appealing to over 45s in the district to give their views and opinions on sexual health matters.

A confidential online survey has been developed to better understand the beliefs and attitudes towards safer sex, contraception and sexually transmitted infection (STIs) in this age group.

Changing lifestyles over the last few decades have resulted in changing attitudes towards relationships. Having one partner for life is less common than it used to be. Research conducted on behalf of Saga suggests that 67% of over-50s still have sex at least once a week. Saga research also highlighted that 68% of over 50s disagreed with the statement 'Sex is more boring' when comparing their sex life now to that in their 20s and 30s.

Dr Andrew Furber, Wakefield Council's Director of Public Health said: "We're keen to understand whether the changing attitudes towards relationships are affecting people in the Wakefield district and if we need to adapt our services to meet those needs. Much has been done already in promoting safe sex to younger generations and it's equally important that we also promote the right messages to other generations."

"If you are over 45 and live in the district, your views are important and will enable us to ensure the right sexual health services are available for this age group."

The online survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WakefieldSexualHealthSurvey
Anyone completing the survey can also choose to opt in to the prize draw to win a £50 High Street voucher. The survey closes on Wednesday 21 May 2014.

Anyone concerned about their sexual health, can make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse at the clinics listed on the Wfact website or in some cases turning up to see someone. The opening hours are varied with evening and weekend appointments on offer at a number of locations.

Wakefield Council and the local NHS offer free, friendly and confidential sexual health services from a number of venues across the district. They offer everything from condoms and emergency contraception to testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as well as advice and support if you think you are pregnant.