Rise in sexually transmitted diseases blamed on reckless men under 25
06:43 GMT, 31 May 2012
Reckless: Cases of STDs have risen in the past year because young men are having unsafe sex
New cases of sexually-transmitted diseases have risen in the past year because of unsafe sex among young heterosexuals and gay men, figures reveal.
Diagnoses in England rose by 2 per cent from 419,773 cases in 2010 to 426,867 last year.
The steepest rise was in gonorrhoea, which leapt 25 per cent from 16,835 cases to 20,965.
This was followed by diagnoses of syphilis, which rose by 10 per cent from 2,650 to 2,915. Genital herpes rose by 5 per cent from 29,794 to 31,154.
The Health Protection Agency said there was a ‘significant rise’ in the number of diagnoses among gay men.
There was also high rates among young heterosexuals between the ages of 15 and 24.
A four per cent fall in chlamydia cases in young adults was due to a worrying trend where fewer were being screened.
The agency was concerned at the rise in gonorrhoea cases.
Irresponsible: The Health Protection Agency said there was a 'significant rise' in the number of diagnoses among gay men
Dr Gwenda Hughes, said: ‘We have seen emerging resistance to the current frontline antibiotics that are used. We are worried that in the next five years gonorrhoea is going to be a very difficult infection to treat.’
Lisa Power, of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV and sexual health charity, said: ‘Increasing numbers of men who have sex with men are meeting online and through the use of apps on their phones. So we are starting to work in those areas.’
The HPA said it was essential that a condom is used with casual and new partners.