Older Australians 'need to use condoms'

Older Australians are being encouraged to think about their attitude towards safe sex, which could see them buy condoms online.

Deborah Bateson, medical director at Family Planning New South Wales, told ABC News rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are rising faster in people over 40.

She added females of this age are meeting as many new sexual partners as their younger counterparts, with some 42 per cent of those questioned admitting they had at least one lover in the previous 12 months.

"We realised in our clinics that we were seeing more women in their 40s, 50s [and] even 60s coming in asking about having an STI test," Ms Bateson observed.

In order to try and limit the spread of STIs, individuals are being asked to have sex with a condom.

Alternatively, women who do not feel comfortable with this arrangement may use a femidom.

It comes after it emerged ladies in Houston, US, are being offered this particular prophylactic device.