3 in 4 women do not have safe sex in casual relationships

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London, Nov 30 (UNI) A new survey claiming that three quarters of young women in Britain have unprotected sex in casual relationships has come as a rude shock to those believing they know all about safety and health issues related with it.

The poll found that three in four women between 16 and 30 did not insist on a condom that exposed them to infections that could affect their fertility.

Meanwhile, one in four men and women polled wrongly believed that contraceptives such as the Pill can protect them from sexually transmitted infections.

They were often too embarrassed or unconcerned to protect themselves against infections, including HIV-AIDS.

Furthermore, almost two-thirds of the young never ask a new partner about their sexual history and for half of those ''it never crosses their mind''.

Despite a major Government drive, 45 per cent of those questioned said they had never seen any public information campaigns on sexual health.

The report of the ''rapid'' tests carried by a team led by Dr Helen Lee of Cambridge University was published in the British Medical Journal.

Dr Lee said, ''The speed means we can provide a 'test and treat' strategy, offering immediate clinical care to the patient. This has the benefits of reducing the risk of complications and preventing onward transmission.'' UNI XC SYU HT1832

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