Women ‘not practising safe sex’

Three in four young women don't practice safe sex in casual relationships

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG women are putting themselves at risk of sexual disease and fertility problems by not practising safe sex.

A poll, carried out by MTV Networks UK to highlight World Aids Day tomorrow, has found that three-quarters of women between the ages of 16 and 30 do not insist on using a condom.

The survey established that a third of 22-25 year-olds have had unsafe sex more than 20 times. And 86 per cent of 16-18 year-olds did not realise this could result in HIV.

Two-thirds of those questioned never even thought to ask a new partner about their sexual history.

Bill Roedy, who is chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, an HIV prevention campaign, and vice chairman of MTV Networks International, said: ‘The HIV and Aids epidemic is one of the leading causes of death not only in the UK but globally as well, especially among young people.

‘There is now clear evidence that prevention efforts work and that education can play a major role in reducing HIV and Aids infection rates.’

There has also been a 4% increase in cases of chlamidya infections since last year, which can damage fertility in men and women.

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