STI rates 'on the up' in Cumbria

It appears an increase in condom use is required in Cumbria, as it has been revealed the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the county is on the rise.

According to figures from the Department of Health - which aims to improve the service of the NHS - there were 2,345 cases of chlamydia per every 100,000 15 to 24-year-old in the region in 2010.

This number was higher than that recorded a year earlier, while the rate in Barrow alone was 1,866 per every 100,000 youngsters.

Furthermore, the rate of genital warts stood at 169.3 per every 100,000, while that for herpes came to 35.3.

Experts have recommended young people heading overseas on holiday make sure they pack plenty of condoms to prevent them coming home with any unwanted infections.

Jane Muller, associate director of public health specialising in sexual health for NHS Cumbria, said: "When we let our hair down, we may drink more than we usually do and this can lead to risky sexual behaviour, such as unprotected sex."