STI diagnoses up 5% in 2012

The number of people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increased by five per cent in 2012, with chlamydia continuing to be the most common of these diseases.

According to new figures from Public Health England (PHE) published today (June 5th), too many people are failing to use condoms when having sex and risking their health, particularly young adults and gay men.

Behind chlamydia, the second most common STI was genital warts with 73,893 cases noted, followed by genital herpes (32,021).

Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at PHE, said there have been significant improvements in screening in recent years and more infections are being treated than ever before.

"However, these data show too many people are continuing to have unsafe sex, put themselves at risk of STIs and the serious consequences associated with infection, including infertility," she added.

Sexually active individuals under the age of 25 have been advised to reduce their risk of catching or passing on an STI by getting themselves screened for chlamydia every year and whenever they change sexual partners.