Wandsworth In Top 10 For Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted infections reach almost half a million
Figures released today by Health Protection Agency show that 15 to 24 year olds, particularly young women, continue to be the group most affected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. More worringly of all the 15-24 year olds diagnosed with an STI last year around one in ten of these will become re-infected within a year.
In 2009 a total of 482,696 new STI diagnoses were reported to the agency from sexual health clinics across the UK and community based chlamydia testing. This is almost 12,000 more cases than were reported in 2008 when there were 470,701 new diagnoses, an increaseof over 2.5%, continuing the steady upward trend we have seen over the past decade.
Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of the HPA's STI section said:
"These figures also highlight the vulnerability of young women. Many studies have shown that young adults are more likely to have unsafe sex and often they lack the skills and confidence to negotiate safer sex.
"Re-infection is also a worrying issue - the numbers we're seeing in teenagers are of particular concern as this suggests teenagers are repeatedly putting their own, as well as others, long term health at risk from STIs."
A spokesman for Wandsworth PCT told PutneySW15.com:
August 25, 2010