Older generation 'need teaching about condom importance'

Older individuals who are re-entering the dating scene after years of being in a relationship should be taught about the importance of using condoms.

This is according to the clinical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust Jason Warriner, who explained this demographic may be less aware of the importance of using protection.

He stated that they "may not be familiar with using condoms, [or] having regular sexual health screening and HIV testing".

However, Mr Warriner noted that it is important to spread the message across society as a whole "whether it is a young person or somebody in their 50s or 60s".

People were advised to ensure they have regular sexual health screenings in particular when they begin a relationship with a new partner.

His comments follow a recent report by the Health Protection Agency that states the number of individuals in the UK who are thought to be HIV positive stood at 86,500 in 2009.