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HIV and sexual health charity to hand out 20,000 condoms at Glastonbury 2013

Staff from HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Taunton office will be heading to Glastonbury Festival to ensure that unsafe sex doesn’t ruin the party at this year’s event.

A team from the charity’s local office will be in the festival’s ‘Welfare Zone’, where they will hand out 20,000 condoms in a bid to keep party-goers safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Earlier this month, new figures from Public Health England (PHE) revealed a five per cent increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in England between 2011 and 2012, with nearly half a million diagnoses made in 2012 alone. Condoms remain the best protection against most sexually transmitted infections.

Every year, more than 150,000 people descend on Glastonbury for the five-day festival, which sees revellers enjoy a range of music acts in the Somerset countryside.

Martin Jevon, Service Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in Somerset, said: “Glastonbury is the UKs most iconic festival, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be involved for the second year in a row. Thousands of people will be attending the event, all looking to have a good time. But we don’t want unsafe sex to ruin the party for anyone. That’s why we’ll be on hand to help people stay safe, advise anyone who’s worried they’ve been at risk, and, of course, hand out those all important condoms.

“If you forget to pack your condoms for this year’s event, please come and see the team. Make sure that the only thing that you’ll be leaving this year’s festival with is happy memories!”

For further information on about Terrence Higgins Trust’s services in Somerset, please call (01823) 259311 or email martin.jevon@tht.org.uk.