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Tuesday, July 7, 1998 Published at 01:39 GMT 02:39 UK


'Pack condoms' teenagers told

Thousands of teenagers are having unprotected sex on holiday

Teenagers are to be urged to pack condoms along with their swimwear and sun-tan lotion when they go on holiday this summer.

The Brook Advisory Centre is launching a sex advice programme called the "Summer of Love" after it discovered that thousands of youngsters have unprotected sex while on holiday.

[ image: Essential holiday wear]
Essential holiday wear
According to a recent survey, a quarter of people aged 16 to 29 had sex with one or more new partners while on holiday.

The survey discovered that most of them did not use a condom. Nearly three-quarters of young men admitted not practising safe sex, while 49% of young women confessed to not using a condom.

"Summer is a fun, relaxed time when many young people first become sexually active or have a holiday romance," said Margaret Jones, Chief Executive of Brook Advisory Centres.

"But in the heat of the moment, teenagers are often unaware of the risks of picking up a sexually transmitted infection. Brook is here to give all the help they need, including free condoms, to protect themselves over the summer months.

"Obviously, it's always better to be prepared before the event, but if teenagers do have unprotected sex, we want them to know they can come to Brook for practical help and advice."

[ image: Nearly 50% of young women admit to having unprotected sex]
Nearly 50% of young women admit to having unprotected sex
The charity believes that thousands of teenagers are affected by sexual diseases each year, with some studies suggesting that up to one in 10 sexually active young people could be carrying an infection.

During July and August, Brook Advisory Centres around the country will aim to raise awareness of the danger of holiday sex infections and distribute free condoms.

The idea is to try to prevent young people bringing home sexually transmitted diseases from summer trips abroad.

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