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Huge rise in STIs in the UK

25th August 2010

The Health Protection Agency has released figures which reveal a significant increase in STIs in the UK in 2009.


The HPA said there were almost 500,000 new cases last year, with young adults and teenagers particularly at risk.

One in ten 15-24 year-olds infected with a STI will get another infection within 12 months of the first diagnosis.

The HPA warned that the "steady upward trend" in cases seen over the last ten years was continuing.

The 482,696 new cases show a 3% increase from 2008. Poor and urban areas had the most STIs diagnoses, with areas such as Lambeth, Hackney and Southwark in London found to be STI "hotspots".

Cases of chlamydia increased by 7% from 2008 to 217,570 diagnoses in 2009, while gonorrhoea diagnoses rose by 6% to 17,385 last year.

Diagnoses of genital herpes also increased by 5% to 30,126 in 2009.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, an STI expert at the HPA, said: "These figures highlight the vulnerability of young women. Many studies have shown that young adults are more likely to have unsafe sex. Often they lack the skills and confidence to negotiate safer sex."

"Re-infection is also a worrying issue. Teenagers are repeatedly putting their own and others' long-term health at risk," she added.

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