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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: More Sex the Better for Pensioners

November 22, 2011
UK Press Association (11.20.11) - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A new study finds that the more people over age 65 engage in sex, the more likely they are to say they are happy with their lives and marriages. A survey of 238 Americans age 65 and older found that 60 percent who reported being sexually active more than once a month said they were very happy, compared to only 40 percent who had not had sex for a year. Four-fifths of those having sex more than once a month said they were very happy in their marriage, compared to 59 percent who had not had sex in a year. "Highlighting the relationship between sex and happiness will help us in developing and organizing specific sexual health interventions for this growing segment of our population," said Florida A&M University Assistant Professor Dr. Adrienne Jackson, who conducted the research and presented it at the Gerontological Society of America's 64th annual scientific meeting in Boston.