Edinburgh sex sauna condom ban 'poses HIV risk'

Police plans to ban condoms from sex saunas in Edinburgh have drawn criticism from campaigners who believe such a move could pose serious health risks.

Sex workers' charity Scot-pep has claimed that not permitting the products in these locations would  lead to unprotected sex and therefore increase rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, BBC News reports.

Police Scotland has expressed concern over proposals to renew the licenses of five saunas in the city and suggested the licenses should only be permitted if items of a sexual nature - including condoms - are banned from the buildings.

Nadine Stott of Scot-pep commented: "We are really shocked that, in private, the police have been quite clear to us. They said that the policy [on saunas] wasn't changing."

Ms Stott added the police's stance goes against common sense and marks Scotland as a country that is acting out of step with the rest of the world on issues relating to sexual health.