Encouraging condom use 'is essential'

Continuing to encourage condom use throughout the UK is essential, it has been suggested.

Jason Warriner, clinical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust - a charity established in response to the HIV epidemic - noted efforts must be made to ensure people use prophylactics to prevent them becoming infected with the disease in the first place.

His comments come in response to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and reported by UNAIDS, which advised couples to accompany one another when going for HIV testing, as this will enable people to know the status of their partner.

Mr Warriner noted people should be encouraged to "get screened and to get tested and treated. People with numerous partners should use condoms and also get sexual health checks".

He explained the WHO suggestion could be an appropriate approach for those in a long and solid relationship, as it can prove a way of showing support for each other.