World Cup tourists urged to have STI tests

Football fans who had sex without using condoms while in South Africa for the World Cup are being urged to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

In an interview with West Midlands News, sexual health expert at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham Dr Steve Taylor warned people that almost 20 per cent of young people from the country are infected with HIV.

He explained how it is likely a number of tourists were lax about contraception due to the consumption of alcohol and the relaxed atmosphere of the festivities.

His comments follow the introduction of a new initiative set up by the hospital entitled Beer Goggle Johnny's Guide to Sexual Health and designed to promote safe sex.

Dr Taylor said: "We want holiday makers to take precautions, pack condoms in their suitcase and attend sexual health screenings on their return if they are unsure."

The Spanish national side won the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the Netherlands were runners-up.