Football fans could put their health at risk during the World Cup this summer by drinking too much and having unprotected sex, a charity has warned.
Nearly one in 10 people aged 18 to 34 in the UK drink so much while watching sporting events, either live or on TV, that they cannot remember what they did afterwards, according to research by HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).
THT has published an online guide, entitled Scoring Without Getting an Own Goal, to give sports fans tips for safe sex this summer.
THT spokeswoman Genevieve Edwards said: ”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 fans look after themselves by using condoms throughout the World Cup this summer, whether at home or abroad.”
The campaign is being backed by Dr Christian Jessen, presenter of Channel Four’s Embarrassing Bodies and THT supporter.
He said: ”The World Cup is bound to put you in the mood for some post-match fun.
With the sun hopefully shining, lots of drinks on the go and masses of people gathering in pubs across the UK and abroad it’s the perfect pulling ground.
”But it’s also likely to be a time you might forget all about safer sex and put yourself at risk of those oh-so-passion-killing sexually transmitted infections.
”If you’re looking to score it’s vital you’ve got condoms to keep yourself match fit and free from anything nasty that could lead to long term health problems.”
The online poll of 2,016 adults aged 18 and over (of which 454 were aged 19 to 34) was conducted for THT by ICM research in April.
The British government earlier in the year contributed more than £Im worth of condom to South African government towards the world cup as thousand flood the country to enjoy the blues that associate with World Cup.
Sources claimed a massive anti- sex campaign had commences in South Africa to stem the tide of unprotected sex during the one month long World Cup tournament.