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Older guys are more likely to have had gay sex than younger men

Joseph McCormick November 27, 2014

Older men are more likely to have had sexual contact with another man than those in their teenage years or twenties, according to a new study.

The Lancet survey looked at how many men self-identified as straight, gay, bisexual or other.

While 97.3% of respondents said they were straight, 1.5% said they were gay and 1% said they were bisexual.

Interestingly, when asked about sexual practices with male partners,  more of the 55-64 years age group said they had either had “any sexual experience or contact with another man”, or “any sexual experience with genital contact with another man”, compared to younger age groups.

7.3% of aged 55-64 said they had partaken in “genital contact” with another man, compared to just 4% of those aged 16-24 years. The percentage steadily increases with age, except for the 65-74 age group, which scored the lowest with 3.4%.

The figures for women showed an inverse pattern, as younger female respondents were more likely to have had “genital contact” than older.

The survey also showed that around 60% of respondents think either male or female same-sex couples are “not wrong at all”. Unsurprisingly older respondents were more likely to say they were opposed to same-sex relationships.

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