Mayor of London promotes safe sex

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to take responsibility for their health by using condoms and practising safe sex.

The mayor spoke about the importance of protecting against HIV at the opening of an exhibition by the Body Shop ahead of World Aids Day on Wednesday (December 1st).

Running until December 10th, the display tells the stories of people from the capital who are living with HIV.

The mayor launched the show and urged Britons to come together to challenge the stigma that is attached to the disease.

He said: "'HIV continues to have a major impact on the lives of Londoners and this exhibition shows it can affect anyone."

Recent figures published by the Health Protection Agency estimate that of the 86,500 people thought to be living with HIV in the UK, almost half reside in the city.

For every one of the Body Shop's red ribbon badges sold, 80 pence is donated to the charities Body & Soul and Sing.