Cupid’s arrows of love didn’t come laced with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but every four minutes in England a young person is diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhoea.
In Sandwell and West Birmingham the number of people with syphilis and gonorrhoea has increased from 2012. The amount of 15-24 year olds screened for chlamydia is well below the England average.
STIs are passed from one person to another through unprotected penetrative sex or genital contact, and can be treated with antibiotics. However, recent studies have shown the antibiotics used to treat chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are failing.
Dr Nick Harding, at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:
“Our sexual health is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly and anyone who thinks they might be at risk of having an infection should visit their local sexual health clinic.”
To find your nearest sexual health information and support services visit: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Sexual-health-information-and-support/LocationSearch/734
For more information on STIs, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/