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6.6: Sex and Health

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  • Duration and age matter, but health matters most of all. Health proves to be a critical predictor of sexual satisfaction. Among those indicating their health is at least “very good,” more than half say they are satisfied with their sex lives. The majority of older Americans do not practice safe sex, even if they have multiple partners. It was reported that only 1 in 5 sexually active, dating singles use condoms regularly. Many older Americans report dating more than one person at a time and being sexually active with more than one sex partner (6% of men and 1% of women).