British women may be putting themselves at risk of HIV infection by refusing to get tested for the virus.
According to a survey by the MAC AIDS Fund, almost three quarters of women in the UK have never had an HIV check.
This is despite the fact that 82 per cent have had sex without a condom.
When asked why they had unprotected sex, six out of ten said it was because they were in an exclusive relationship.
The poll also showed that 60 per cent of women do not consider HIV to be an issue that affects their community.
Nancy Mahon, executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund, said: “HIV/AIDS is a silent killer among women in the UK and the time is now to sound the alarm that the risk is real.”
She pointed out that once women know their HIV status, they are more likely to practice prevention, which will help to reduce the spread of the virus.
According to the National AIDS Trust, some 27 per cent of those living with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed.