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Self reported sexual activity in Australian sexagenarians

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1250
  1. Jason A Ferris, research fellow1,
  2. Anthony M A Smith, professor1,
  3. Marian K Pitts, professor1,
  4. Juliet Richters, associate professor2,
  5. Julia M Shelley, senior research fellow1,
  6. Judy Simpson, professor3
  1. 1Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Melbourne, Vic 3000, Australia
  2. 2School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
  3. 3School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006
  1. j.ferris{at}

    We compare the self reported sexual activity and satisfaction in Swedish 70 year olds1with recent data from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships (ALSHR)—a nationally representative random sample of men and women aged 16 to 64 who completed a computer assisted telephone interview.2 The sample had 635 sexagenarians (60-64), most (80%) with a regular partner, almost all of them married …

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