Some sexually transmitted infections rising, some falling

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:176
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The rising incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young adults and gay men continues to cause serious concern, the UK Health Protection Agency has warned.

    In its fourth annual report the agency said that in 2006 there were 3%, 4%, and 9% rises in the incidence of chlamydia, genital warts, and genital herpes, respectively, compared with in 2005.

    Gwenda Hughes, head of the sexually transmitted infections section at the agency, said, “The groups who we are most concerned about are young adults and gay men, and it's crucial that we reach these groups with messages about safe sex, including condom wearing, and the importance of getting tested if they feel they've put themselves …

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