New research suggests that a third of all Britons have engaged in unprotected sex with someone they do no know very well while away on holiday. The survey asked 3,000 people about there experiences. Many blamed the lack of availability of condoms as one of the reasons they throw away their caution as well as the ready availability of alcohol.
The report found that people in their 50s were the least likely to bother using protection with 16 per cent admitting this. In the 26 to 30 group four per cent said they wouldn’t bother compared to six per cent between 22 and 25.
Just under a third of those in the 22 to 25 age range said they would be prepared to enter into a short-term holiday fling. For those in their 50s this drops to 17 per cent. According to commissioner of the research, the Co-operative Pharmacy, found people were more likely to enter a sexual health clinic between the months of May and September because of concerns about sexually-transmitted infections picked up during unprotected sex with strangers.
More than one out of every eight women who responded said that they did not feel comfortable discussing the subject of contraception with new partners. Lisa McCreesh, a pharmacist, said that the romance of being a way on holiday may lead to the bedroom but that condoms are the best way to protect against sexual diseases.
She added that those who decide to have sex without protection should get checked by a doctor as symptoms were not always immediately obvious.