Playing it safe online

Adolescents are not the only ones to be spurning the safe sex message, as baby boomers hit the online dating scene with gusto but minus the obligatory condom.

While these mature age daters avidly counsel their sons and daughters on the importance of practising safe sex, when it comes to their own love life they seem unwilling to practise what they preach.

Dr Deborah Bateson, Medical Director for Family Planning NSW, first noticed this troubling phenomenon several years ago when she and her colleagues started seeing a significant rise in STIs in their older female patients.

“It was