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As social scientists aiming to improve sexual health, we need to understand how people think, feel and behave in relation to sex. But how do we go about conducting high quality research on sexual attitudes and experiences, when these aren’t necessarily the easiest things for folk to reveal about themselves? Join us to take a peek into the world of scientific sex research!
Mind the gender gap. Why do men report higher number of sexual partners than women?
Dr. Kirstin Mitchell (Senior Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit))
Kirstin will reflect on this question, using data from the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.
Risky business? How do midlife men and women talk about the risks of new sexual partnerships?
Dr. Ruth Lewis (Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit))
Despite recent increase in STIs among those aged 45+, relatively little is known about the extent to which sexual risk is a priority for people who are either having, or contemplating, new sexual partnerships at midlife. Drawing on data from in-depth interviews, Ruth will explore how men and women who are newly single at midlife construct the risks of new sexual partnerships.