Older people 'are not wearing condoms'

Older people may need to be told about the need to wear condoms more than their younger counterparts.

This is because research carried out by Lausanne University Hospital has found 80 per cent of 17 to 30-year-olds practice safe sex, World Radio Switzerland reports.

It also discovered that among 46 to 60-year-olds, only 60 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women use protection.

These figures contradict what many would have expected and may highlight that those who are older need to take more precautions when having relations.

This attitude to sex could see many people run the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

It comes after a recent study in Costa Rica found 70 per cent of respondents are having unprotected sex.

Inside Costa Rica reported sex education has to be improved in the country in order to combat the potential problem of an increase in STIs.