Study: Sex Outside One’s Age Range can Lead to STDs
by Kathee Brewer
GAINESVILLE, FL -- A new study by a University of Florida epidemiological team indicates having sex with partners who are much older or much younger can expose people to sexually transmitted diseases.
As part of a study about ways to reduce STD transmission, UF epidemiology professor Stephanie Staras investigated the relationship between sexual partner selection and disease. Among the transmission factors her study discovered were obvious ones, like pre-existing conditions and number of previous partners. Other indicators included having spent time in jail and drug or alcohol abuse.
The most surprising indicator to emerge from the study was that people who have sex with partners who are five or more years older or younger are more likely to experience an STD.
“Partner selection is an area of STD prevention that could complement what we are already doing with promoting condom use, and could possibly really help people,” Staras told The Register. “If somehow we could convince individuals to incorporate this information in a meaningful way into their decision-making, then we could reduce STDs.”