Thursday, 18 August 2011

Britons of all ages not practicing safe sex on holiday

A survey by The Co-Operative Pharmacy has found that one third of those questioned admitted to having unprotected sex with a new partner whilst abroad.

The survey found that one in six people in their fifties would have a holiday fling and are the least likely age range to use contraception with more than 15% of over-50's admitting to having unprtected sex. One in ten of those questioned said that they had unprotected sex because they were under the influence of alcohol and 20% said they did so due to not having condoms to hand.

The finding by The Co-Operative Pharmacy is also reinforced by figures from the Health Protection Agency whose results show that visitors to sexual health clinics rose by 22% between May and September.

Lisa McCreesh of The Co-Operative Pharmacy said - “On holiday people often get more amorous. We are urging people to remember that condoms provide the most effective protection against STIs. If you have had unprotected sex, it is important to get a check-up as you may not show any symptoms. Some condoms that are available abroad don’t always comply with the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection laws, so we would advise people to plan ahead and make sure they take CE marked condoms with them, along with any first aid essentials.”

I wonder why The Co-Operative Pharmacy conducted the survey?