Complacency over sexually transmitted infections leads to rise in casesBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7558.63-b (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:63
- Andrew Cole
Sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom are continuing to rise, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency, the infectious diseases watchdog. The figures show particularly big increases in new cases of chlamydia and syphilis.
Almost 110 000 cases of chlamydia were diagnosed in genitourinary medicine clinics in 2005, an increase of 5% over the previous year and a 223% increase in the past 10 years. Almost three quarters of last year's cases were in the 16-24 age group.
It is vital to “shatter the complacency” that still exists in young people about sexual diseases, said Peter …