Saturday, July 17, 2010

Doctors are advising football fans who went to the World Cup in South Africa to check their HIV status if they had unprotected sex on their trip

Up to 25,000 England fans recently returned from South Africa, where about six million people have HIV. More than two-thirds of heterosexual men and a quarter of women who contract HIV do so through holiday sex. An awareness campaign is urging those who may have put themselves at risk to visit their local sexual health clinic. Dr Steve Taylor, sexual health and HIV consultant at Heartlands Hospital, said nearly one in five young adults living in South Africa were infected with the virus, and in some areas it could be as high as one in three.

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