Rates are highest among the under-25s, with nearly two-third of chlamydia cases, and more than half of gonorrhoea infections, occurring in this age group.
The Public Health England report states: ‘The continuing high STI rates in England suggest too many people are still putting themselves at risk through unsafe sex, especially young adults and men who have sex with men.’ It urges the under-25s to ensure they use protection with ‘casual partners’ and have regular checks at sexual health clinics.
A survey carried out by Shag At has recently revealed that nearly a quarter of you have caught an STI during your first year at university. In the past ten years, the number of under-25s being diagnosed with STIs has increased by almost 50%.
Our survey also revealed that theatre studies students appeared to be the most promiscuous, with an average of 28 sexual partners while at university. This is thought to be because of a new super-strain of the disease that cannot easily be treated with antibiotics. The stat that worried us most was that 67% of respondents said they would rather risk another STI than use a condom. Nearly 60% of students who caught an STI, contracted chlamydia, 18% caught herpes and 14% genital warts. Another 27% said they were only diagnosed after being given a free testing kit. The poll, which only involved people who had remained single while at university, also revealed that 73% of students were under the influence of alcohol when engaging in the majority of their sexual encounters.
Geography – 10 Our survey of 2,177 young adults also found 89% of students do not use condoms for the majority of their sexual encounters.