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UCL in the News: 'Britons have unsafe sex abroad'

8 November 2007

Around a fifth of young Britons claim to have had sex with at least one new partner abroad over a five-year period, a research has shown.

The survey suggests that many young people in their teens and early 20s are throwing caution to the wind when it comes to holiday romance. Almost a quarter of men and one in six women between the ages of 16 and 24 said they had experienced sex with someone new while overseas. …

The researchers, led by Dr Catherine Mercer from the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research at UCL, reported their findings in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

They wrote: "A substantial minority of young, unmarried people form new sexual partnerships abroad. Those who have new partners abroad are likely to have higher-risk sexual lifestyles more generally, and to be at higher risk of sexually transmitted infections."

Channel 4 News