Condom use 'increasing in east London'

The use of condoms in East London has been on the increase over the last few years, as people in the area are enjoying greater access to the prophylactic.

This is according to Esther Trenchard Mabere, co-director of public health for Tower Hamlets, who was speaking after the latest Health Protection Agency figures revealed there are nearly 1,800 individuals with acute sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for every 100,000 people in the local area, the East London Advertiser reports.

NHS East London - which also covers Hackney and Newham - said the figures have a positive slant, as they suggest more residents are getting tested for infections.

Ms Trenchard Mabere noted the region - like many inner city boroughs - has high STI rates among individuals of African origin, gay men and young people.

"Over the last few years we have increased access to both condoms, prevention awareness campaigns and STI screening services through primary care," she added.