Over-50s urged to look after their sexual health

Over-50s have been urged to look after their sexual health and use condoms with new partners.

In an interview with the BBC, Dr Indranil Banarjee explained that often the older generation are unaware of the risks of not using contraception.

He described how many of the patients he sees have been encouraged to attend clinics by their children who have learnt through the media that getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is important.

Dr Banarjee encouraged individuals to "especially [use a condom] if it's with a new partner" as "at the end of the day, your health is your responsibility".

One woman who contracted HIV later in life told the publication that she did not think to use contraception as she had been sterilised and saw it merely as a way to prevent pregnancy.

Last September, the BBC reported that there had been a significant increase in the number of over-50s in Guernsey suffering from STIs, according to the island's Health and Social Services Department.