Let's talk about (real) sex: Dr Cath Mercer at TEDxLSE 2014

Dr Cath Mercer is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at University College London, and she is one of the lead researchers on Britain’s National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. She is a trained demographer with an interest in sexual mixing, that is, who has sex with whom. Her interest lies in the transmission of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) with regards to the interaction between biology and behaviour. And not just the individual’s behaviour, but also their partners and their partners’ partners. In her talk, Cath explores changes in sexual behaviour and sexual partnerships observed in Britain, considering the effect of the internet and social media on sexual behaviour.

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