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Many Men Over 75 Still Sexually Active: Study
Date:12/6/2010

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Life for men aged 75 or older doesn't mean an end to sex, according to an Australian study.

The researchers found that almost a third of these older men were sexually active at least once a year -- including about 1 in 10 men aged 90 to 95.

What's more, many older men who are sexually active say they'd love to be having more sex. Others are forgoing sex due to health issues, low testosterone levels or simply a lack of partners.

The study, based on a survey of Australian men aged 75-95, most of whom were married or living with a partner, found that younger seniors were busiest of all: 40 percent of those aged 75-79 said they'd had sex in the past 12 months. But even among those aged 90-95, 11 percent reported sexual activity with someone else over the prior year.

"Although many people, including some clinicians, continue to believe that sexual activity is not important to older people, our study shows this is not the case. Even in the 10th decade of life, 1 in 5 men still considered sex important," said study lead author Zoe Hyde, a researcher at the University of Western Australia.

The findings appear in the Dec. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Several studies in recent years have tried to analyze sexuality in older people, who are sometimes assumed to have little or no interest in sex. The popularity of Viagra and related drugs seems to suggest that's hardly the case, but solid numbers have been tough to find.

However, one 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that a bit more than half of people surveyed in the U.S. aged 65-74 reported recent sexual activity, as did 26 percent of those aged 74-85.

In the new study, researchers examined the results of a sexuality study of almost 2,800 Australian men who didn't live in nursing homes or other health-care facilities.
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