Condoms to protect Britons against STI infection?

Individuals may want to buy condoms in order to manage the threat of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

This is because some 400,000 people were treated for an STI in England last year, according to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Sir Nick Partridge, chief executive of the body - which was set up in 1982 to help people deal with HIV and Aids - noted the country is at a "vital tipping point" when it comes to diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

He added that the resources invested in sexual health are finally starting to pay off, after figures from the Health Protection agency revealed STI infection rates have fallen for the first time in ten years.

Sir Nick observed that the government has to take this issue by the horns, as "leadership and local investment are crucial".

He wants to see prevention campaigns that are "accessible, targeted and community based".