Sexual infections rising, warns public heath boss

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TEENAGERS as young as 15 are being treated for sexually transmitted infections in Doncaster, say health bosses.

Statistics released by the Health Protection Agency show there were 4,240 confirmed sexually transmitted infections per 100,000 of Doncaster’s population in 2009.

Out of those cases, nearly 3,000 15 to 24-year-olds had to undergo treatment for chlamydia.

Sexual health experts are urging people to use protection, and to have a check up if they have had unprotected sex.

Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster’s director of public health, said: “STIs are becoming increasingly common across the country and in Doncaster.

“The infection rate for STIs is rising rapidly, regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.

“Some infections have no symptoms so it is important to get a health check-up if you have or have had unprotected sex.

“Practising safe sex and using condoms can help protect you and your partner from STIs and unplanned pregnancies.”

The HPA figures also reveal 17.5 per 100,000 have contracted gonorrhoea.

They show 54.9 per 100,000 had contracted herpes and 191 per 100,000 had contracted warts.

Syphilis had a contraction rate of 2.7 per 100,000.

It is the first time the Health Protection Agency has collated town by town data in a bid to highlight the problem of STI infection rates.