STI Diagnoses Rise To Almost Half a Million in England

STI Diagnoses Rise To Almost Half a Million in England

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A report from Public Health England says that diagnoses of a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STI) have risebn to almost half a million a year (448,422). This is an increase of 5% over the previous year (2011 vs 2012).

The report points out that especially amongst those aged under 25 – younger people continue to put themselves at risk through ‘unsafe’ sex.

Two thirds of all Chlamydia cases were amongst under 25’s – as were almost half (54%) of all cases of genital warts (in heterosexuals).

Of particular concern is the 21% increase in cases of gonorrhoea, especially as current treatments are starting to show signs of antibiotic resistance.

Head of STI surveillance, Dr Gwenda Hughes explained:

"... these data show too many people are continuing to have unsafe sex, putting themselves at risk of STIs and the serious consequences associated with infection, including infertility. Ongoing investment in programmes to increase sexual health awareness, condom use and testing, particularly for groups at most risk, is vital."

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