Public Health England have relaunched the ‘Protect Against STIs’ campaign, which highlights the risks and harms of STIs. The campaign also motivates young people aged 16-24 to practice safe sex through consistent use of condoms.
Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have remained relatively high across England over the past decade, a large proportion of these diagnoses are amongst young people aged 15-24.
The campaign has a particular focus on two of the most prevalent infections in this age group; chlamydia and gonorrhoea, with over 144,000 diagnosed cases of these STIs in the last year in England occurring in young people.
Many cases of STIs have no symptoms, including 7 in 10 cases of chlamydia in women and around half of chlamydia cases in men. Some STIs are also beoming harder to treat. Therefore, awareness in young people of the key role that condoms play in limiting the spread of STIs is essential.