UK’s STI epidemic
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the increase among young UK adults despite public health efforts. Recently released statistics for 2006 show a total of 376,508 new infections were diagnosed – an increase of more than 2% on 2005.
The Health Protection Agency found that young people aged 16-24 are disproportionately affected, despite healthcare warnings, widespread information and prevention advice.
The report estimates that 73,000 UK adults are now living with HIV; and a third of those don’t know they have the virus.