It has been revealed in a recent report that cases of STDs in Plymouth have gone down slightly, whilst the cases of another infection have risen by 10%.
New Health Protection Agency (HPA) says that the cases of Chlamydia infection have increased, affecting more number of young people than older ones. Also, the report has discovered that youngsters are at five fold more risk of the infection.
Chlamydia is a serious sexually transmitted disease, which sometimes can even lead to infertility. The report has found that its diagnosis and treatment is simple. Often a single course of antibiotics help to cure the infection.
It has been noted that in 2010, there were 994 patients of the infection, whereas the figure has reached up to 1,103 in 2011. However, 208 have been affected from those amongst above 25 years of age. Experts have thus been advising young people to use condoms on priority.
On the contrary, the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the city has fallen down from 2,628 diagnosed in 2010 to 2,614 in 2011, says the report.
"Ensuring easier access to sexual health services and STI screening is important for controlling the transmission of all STIs and needs to be focused on groups at highest risk", says Dr. Isabel Oliver, HPA South West regional director.