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article imageWorld Cup fans warned: Don’t catch sex-related illnesses

By Andrew John     May 12, 2010 in Lifestyle
Young people hooked on World Cup soccer this summer could be in for more sex-related diseases, according to the UK’s main advisory body on AIDS and sexual health.
The Terrence Higgins Trust has found from its own research that nearly one-tenth of 18-to-34-year-olds in Britain have been known to drink so much while watching sporting events, either in person or on TV, that they can’t remember what they did afterwards, according to Gay News UK.
Genevieve Edwards, the trust’s spokeswoman, said: “If people are getting so drunk they can’t remember what they did the night before, it’s more than likely protected sex and condoms won’t have been top of their priority list.
“This is really worrying in relation to the World Cup this year, with thousands of people gathering in both the UK and South Africa to watch the tournament, enjoying a holiday atmosphere, having a lot to drink and potentially putting themselves at huge risk of sexually transmitted infections and HIV if they are forgetting about protected sex.
“With the UK having the worst sexual health in Western Europe and 5.2 million people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa, the highest rate in any country, it’s vitally important sports fans look after themselves by using condoms throughout the World Cup this summer, whether at home or abroad.”
Gay News UK quotes Dr Christian Jessen, presenter of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and a Terrence Higgins Trust supporter, as saying: “The World Cup is bound to put you in the mood for some post-match action. With the sun hopefully shining, lots of drinks on the go and masses of people gathering in pubs across the UK and abroad, it’s the perfect pulling ground.
“But it’s also likely to be a time you might forget all about safer sex and put yourself at risk of those oh-so-passion-killing sexually transmitted infections.
“If you’re looking to score, it’s vital you’ve got condoms to keep yourself match-fit and free from anything nasty that could lead to long-term health problems.”
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