Straight hair is more important to young Birmingham women when on holiday than safe sex, according to a new survey published today.

Research commissioned by the Department of Health reveals that less than two out of ten (17 per cent) women aged 18 to 30- years- old included condoms on their packing list.

Similarly more than half the men packed plasters while only a third (30 per cent) took condoms. The figures, released to coincide with Sexual Health Week which starts today, also revealed 44 per cent of Brummies hope to have more than one sexual partner while on holiday.

However, eight out of ten adults admitted they did not carry condoms while out drinking on holiday.

The research, carried out by playingsafely. co. uk, also highlighted that a similar number of people in Birmingham (78 per cent) did not think they were at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The Government has committed more than £300 million to transform sexual health services across Britain and wants people to be seen at clinics within 48 hours by 2008.