Education 'needed' over issue of STIs

Education and awareness around the issue of condoms is essential if young people are to avoid catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

This is according to James Warriner, clinical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, who noted individuals need to be able to make an "informed choice" when it comes to protection.

He added it is important that adults of all ages are comfortable talking to a healthcare professional about their sex life.

"It is [about] making sure that you are targeting groups appropriately. If they have got any signs of infection they should go and get it checked out at a local clinic," Mr Warriner remarked.

For those who do not want to catch an STI, then the use of condoms is one way to lower their chances.

Mr Warriner's organisation is trying to improve the UK's sexual health and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV since the epidemic first hit in the 80s.