A new survey has revealed that more than 90 per cent of Britons do not have a full understanding of the way in which HIV is transmitted and many are putting their health at risk as a result.
Researchers found that over a fifth of people do not know all of the main ways in which HIV is transmitted, and just six per cent can correctly identify all of the ways in which the virus can be contracted.
The National AIDS Trust survey also revealed that 21 per cent of people did not know you could get HIV through unprotected sex with a member of the opposite sex, and 31 per cent were unaware of the risk posed by sharing syringes to inject drugs.
Disturbingly, 24 per cent put their sexual health at risk by not using a condom with a new sexual partner.
Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust, said: "In recent years we have witnessed knowledge and understanding about HIV decline at the same time that HIV diagnoses have reached an all-time high.
"The government must re-invest in educating the public about HIV."