A confidential research study aims to gauge how middle-aged Australian women are negotiating safer sex when they have a new partner.
A confidential research study aims to gauge how middle-aged Australian women are negotiating safer sex when they have a new partner.

How are middle-aged women negotiating safer sex?

A CONFIDENTIAL research study aims to gauge how middle-aged Australian women are negotiating safer sex when they have a new partner.

The study, run by a research team at CQUniversity, aims to identity ways to combat the rise of sexually transmitted infections among older age groups.

The research team is hoping to interview heterosexual Australian women aged 45-64 years who have had sex with a new partner(s) in the past 12 months.

Dr Cathy O'Mullan said those interested in taking part in the research could use a pseudonym upon initial contact and throughout the research process.

"Latest figures from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System show that sexually transmitted infections continue to rise among older age groups. In response to rising rates.

"We are hoping to interview heterosexual Australian women aged 45-64 years who have had sex with a new partner(s) in the past 12 months," Dr O'Mullan says.

"Through providing a midlife perspective it is anticipated that the research findings will inform and enhance current understandings of negotiating safer sex in a new relationship.

"The findings will also have relevance to practice and policy in healthy ageing and sexual health promotion."

Women interested in taking part in a phone interview can respond via text message or phone 0435 725 528 to receive an information sheet.

Queries or concerns can also be addressed via c.omullan@cqu.edu.au or l.parkinson@cqu.edu.au.


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