Public Heath England was so concerned about the latest statistics that it has issued these new guidelines: This epidemic is undoubtedly occurring because more and more people are having enjoyable, but sometimes risky, sex lives – often with several partners.
The highest rates are among young heterosexual adults, aged 15 to 24 – and also among men who have sex with men (MSM). Below you'll find a list of conditions that are currently being seen and treated by NHS genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics.
Chlamydia can also cause a form of conjunctivitis in adults.
Also, this eye infection may occur in the newborn babies of mothers who have chlamydia.
In South Africa, 11 per cent of the population are HIV-positive.
Even a symptomless STD infection can have long-lasting or irreversible effects if left untreated.
Another 32,000 HIV-positive people who were born in Africa are thought to have acquired the virus through 'straight' (vaginal) intercourse.
If you're thinking of having sex (whether 'straight' or gay) while abroad, please take note of the fact that in some countries – particularly those south of the Sahara – HIV rates are very high.
In 2016, there are thought to be about 100,000 people with HIV living in the United Kingdom. Many people with HIV are heterosexual and have caught the infection through ordinary (vaginal) intercourse.
However, it is believed that about 41,000 of the 100,000 cases in the UK are gay men.
Gonorrhoea is caused by , a bacterium that grows and multiplies quickly in moist, warm areas of the body – such as the cervix, urethra, mouth or rectum.