Terrence Higgins Trust has responded to the latest figures on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the UK.

The figures show rises in diagnoses of many STIs, particularly in gay men and young people. The biggest rise was in herpes which increased by 9% from 2005 to 2006.

Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said “Many STIs show continued increases, particularly amongst young people and gay men. We have to reverse this trend. Quality sex and relationships education – not just biology lessons – has been shown to decrease risky behaviour in teens. We also need to stop the decline in health promotion work for gay men at a local level.

There are also startling rises in the levels of genital herpes, particularly amongst young women. We need to get the message across that this is a lifelong and unpleasant condition which will require ongoing treatment, and not something to be taken lightly.”

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