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News – UK’s STI epidemic

January 2008

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.