Statistics published by the Health Protection Agency show that:

  • Poor sexual health is of greatest concern in young heterosexuals and men who have sex with men.
  • In the UK, people who live in cities are more at risk: these populations are thought to be more likely to have casual sex.
  • Promoting testing and safe sex are key to prevent new cases of STDs and HIV.
  • In the UK in 2010, there was an 8% rise in the number of people who tested positive for Genital Herpes (HSVII or Herpes type II).
  • In the UK in 2010, there was a 3% rise in the number of people who tested positive for gonorrhoea.
  • For the first time since records began the number of new cases of Chlamydia fell by 1% in the UK in 2010.
  • The number of diagnoses made in NHS GUM clinics is falling as patients are increasingly choosing to be tested elsewhere such as private STD clinics.



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