There needs to be better advice and information on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) if people's sexual health is to be improved, one expert has claimed.
James Warriner, clinical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said that there is still a stigma attached to talking about sex, but noted that the number of STIs is on the increase.
He explained: "Some people haven't got the knowledge about some sexual practices and they may put themselves in a risky position through ignorance [and] lack of knowledge. But if they have got all the facts and people talk about it they can make an informed choice."
Mr Warriner added that people of all ages should feel comfortable talking to a healthcare professional about any sexual health concerns.
A recent report from Bright Grey revealed that sex is the top issue that British adults feel most uncomfortable talking about in the home, followed by death and money.
Mr Warriner suggested that education should be targeted at specific groups if people are to have greater knowledge about their bodies.