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For me, in my 50s, the idea of taking my clothes off in front of a man who wasn't my husband was absolutely terrifying.

Having sex with a relative stranger, so easy when I was in my 20s, felt barely possible.

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Health Protection Agency figures show a 60per cent increase in cases of chlamydia in 2008 in this age group, compared to 2004.

The popularity of online dating and surprising lack of sexual knowledge in older adults are contributory factors.

She says: 'Thankfully, I'd kept myself in good shape and I'm still a size 12, but the idea of whipping off my smalls in front of a near-stranger was pretty terrifying.

'The first man I slept with was a 50-year-old lecturer.

'I didn't always use protection - caught without any, in the heat of the moment, I threw caution to the wind.