MEDICS at Heartlands Hospital are urging holidaymakers not to bring home more than they bargained for when they head for the sun.
A national sexual health campaign, called ‘Beer Goggle Johnny’s Guide to Sexual Health’by the hospital aimed at informing people about the importance of having fun on holiday responsibly.
The campaign includes a guide to sexual health, with facts, figures and fun graphics, conveying the simple message: wear a condom, all the time, every time.
Dr Steve Taylor, sexual health and HIV consultant at Heartlands, said: “69 per cent of British men with heterosexually acquired HIV were infected through sex on holiday, as were a quarter of women. Although the public are more aware of the dangers of unsafe sex these days, we are not seeing people putting this into practice, which is worrying.
“It’s while on holiday, as people relax, soak in the sun and consume alcohol, the chance of having unprotected sex is increased. We want holiday makers to take precautions, pack condoms and attend sexual health screenings on their return if they are unsure.
“The only way we can help prevent widespread infection of STIs in this country is through early testing, and treating infections before they can spread - and when they are easier to treat. Even HIV, for so long a virus to dread, can be managed very effectively if detected in its early stages.
To access Beer Goggle Johnny’s Guide to Sexual Health, as well as video interviews with patients and experts visit: http://www.sexualhealthbirmingham.co.uk/.