Young people 'less aware of HIV/Aids dangers'

Posted by Agatha / on 06/07/2009 / 0 Comments


Thursday 4 June 2009 18.59 BST

Owen Boycott

Awareness of the dangers of HIV/Aids is decreasing among young people at a time when fewer are practising safe sex, a survey has revealed. Nearly 60% of 16- to 24-year-olds questioned thought they were not at risk of contracting the infection after having unprotected sex and 8% believed taking a contraceptive pill offered protection against infection. Almost 14% thought the fact that they were not gay ensured they could not contract HIV/Aids. The survey of 2,550 young people was carried out for the Staying Alive Foundation charity, which is supported by MTV UK and the Body Shop.


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