UK charity warns footie World Cup fans of sex risks

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London, May 12 (ANI): Football fans have been warned of exposing themselves to health risks during the World Cup, by drinking too much and having unprotected sex.

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has warned fans that too much drinking during the time they watch matches could lead to ignoring precautions to be taken before sex.

Now, THT has published an online guide, entitled Scoring Without Getting an Own Goal, to give sports fans tips for safe sex this summer.

"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 ans look after themselves by using condoms throughout the World Cup this summer, whether at home or abroad," The Telegraph quoted Genevieve Edwards, THT spokesperson, as saying. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 15:50 [IST]
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