A study in this month's American Journal of Men's Health surveyed American men between the ages of 60 and 84 who pay for sex (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-mo6010416.php)
The study found that men over 60 who pay for sex are predominately white, University-educated, married, have upper-middle income levels, and have 5-10 sex partners during a year.
More importantly, the study found that, among men over 60 who pay for sex, the older they were, the more frequently they paid for sex and the more likely they were to have experienced unprotected sexual intercourse multiple times with a sexworker.
The authors of the study warned that:
There is a nearly universal perception that older men do not pay for, or even engage sexually with regular frequency. 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 emotional intimacy during the so-called 'Girlfriend Experience' as well as the possibility of being viewed as an elderly low-risk client who engages with only one or a very limited number of providers may contribute to a relaxation of boundaries and a false sense of security in avoiding STIs.Medical and mental health clinicians should not assume that old age is a barrier to paying for sex, particularly among the generations that began engaging in sexual activity prior to the epidemic emergence of the HIV virus.To reduce the incidence of STIs among sexually active older men, health care providers should ask their older male patients about their sexual partners and discuss protective strategies for avoiding STIs.