Football fans who had unprotected sex while in South Africa during the recent World Cup should get tested for HIV, a city hospital consultant has said.
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Of those who catch the virus, around two thirds of men and a quarter of women do so through having sex on holiday - as many as 25,000 England fans went to South Africa, where around six million people have HIV.
Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital has launched Beer Goggles Johnny’s Guide To Sexual Health to encourage anyone who had unprotected sex in South Africa to visit their local sexual health clinic.
Almost one in five young adults who live in the African nation have HIV and some areas have an infection ratio of one in three.
Sexual health and HIV consultant Dr Steve Taylor said: “During the festivities if holidaymakers had unprotected sex it is more important than ever to get themselves checked out on their return. Although the public are more aware of the dangers of unsafe sex these days, we are not seeing people putting this into practice, which is worrying.
“We want holidaymakers to take precautions, pack condoms in their suitcase and attend sexual health screenings on their return if they are unsure.”