Condoms 'need to be worn during sex'

People have to wear condoms if they want to prevent the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), one expert has claimed.

Lisa Power, policy director at Terrence Higgins Trust, the leading and largest HIV and sexual health charity in the UK, said it is important that individuals protect themselves.

She also called on the process of getting a sexual health check to be made easier, to ensure people who are having relations regularly are covered.

"We need to make sure that everybody understands that if they are going to have sex, how to protect themselves. We also need them to understand that they don't have to have sex," Ms Power observed.

The specialist continued people are living in a highly-sexualised environment in the UK at the moment and measures are needed to address this.

NHS Middlesbrough's Life Store recently took the step of handing out free chlamydia tests for residents in the area in order to drive home the message of safe sex.