As a matter of fact that no current data are available on correlates of lifetime sexual partners at older ages. This study was conducted with the purpose to explore the correlates of the lifetime number of sexual partners in a sample of older adults.

Data was obtained from 3054 men and 3867 women. The sample consisted people who were participating in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Participants reported in the form their lifetime number of sexual partners and a range of sociodemographic characteristics and health behaviors. Multivariable multinomial logistic regression was used as a statistical analysis to examine correlates of lifetime number of sexual partners, with analyses performed separately for men and women and weighted for non-response.

Younger age, being separated/divorced or single/never married, being a current or former smoker, and drinking alcohol regularly or frequently were independently associated with a higher number of sexual partners in both men and women.

The study concluded through its findigns that the higher lifetime number of sexual partners is associated with a number of sociodemographic and behavioral factors. An understanding of who is more likely to have had more sexual partners may help health practitioners to identify individuals who are at the greatest risk of sexually transmitted infection and their associated health complications across the life course.