Black men in Britain have nine times as many lovers during their lifetimes as Pakistani men, according to research released today.

Black Caribbean and black African men reported having an average of nine sexual partners, compared with white men who had six.



Indian men reported having two lovers and Pakistani men had only one in their lifetimes.



The new data follows analysis of sexual habits of different ethnic groups in Britain.



Black men reported having the highest incidence of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and a higher level of risky sexual behaviour such as having unprotected intercourse and paying for sex.



White women have an average of five sexual partners, black Caribbean women have four, black African women have three and Indian and Pakistani women each had only one sexual partner.



There was a higher level of risk behaviour among white women than in other ethnic groups, but they were less likely to admit to STIs than black women.



The study follows analysis of the second British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles in which 12,110 men and women aged between 16 and 44 were questioned about what they got up to between the sheets.



Indian and Pakistani people were the last to lose their virginity and also had substantially lower prevalence of STIs, according to the article published in medical journal The Lancet.



Dr Kevin Fenton, of University College London, who led the study, said: “For the first time we have a clearer understanding of the complex relationship between the sexual lifestyles of Britain’s main ethnic groups and the risk of sexually transmitted infections.”



His research found that on average people who had a large number of lovers were more likely to report an STI.



“Sexual behaviour alone doesn’t explain the differences in STIs among ethnic groups,” Fenton said.



“Cultural factors, age and marriage patterns, and varying levels of infection in different communities are all likely to be important in explaining differences.”



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