Take your own condoms to Brazil

Hundreds of thousands of people are travelling to Brazil this month to attend the World Cup, which starts tomorrow (June 12th) when the hosts take on Croatia at the Maracana.

Although hotels in Brazil have to provide condoms to guests under the country's laws, guidance published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises tourists to take their own condoms with them.

The organisation also issued safe sex guidance to those heading to Brazil in the coming days to support their team. It was pointed out that the celebratory atmosphere in the Latin American country may encourage people to have unprotected sex.

"While celebrating, people may encourage travellers to engage in risky sex, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved. Carry condoms that were purchased from a reliable source," the body said.

Those who are travelling out to Brazil for the World Cup may therefore wish to stock up in advance to make sure they have condoms with them that they trust to be safe.

Research published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases previously found that a fifth (20 per cent) of travellers admit that they have had casual sex with a new partner while on holiday in a foreign country.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be passed on by vaginal, anal, or oral sex and although many STDs can be safely treated, prevention is always better than cure in terms of sexual health. Among the most common STDs is gonorrhoea, which can be easily passed on during sex. According to the NHS, about half of women and ten per cent of men who contract the infection do not experience any symptoms and are therefore unaware they have it.

Millions of people home in the UK are likely to watch England's progress in the World Cup with interest. The Three Lions are first in action on Saturday night against Italy in the tropical conditions of northern Brazil city Manaus, before taking on Uruguay and then Costa Rica in the final match of the group stage. Should England get through, a potential quarter-final with Brazil is on the cards.