STIs are on the rise. In the UK, the total number of new STI diagnoses rose 40% between 2004 and 2013. Nearly half a million people were diagnosed with an STI in 2013, with the majority suffering from chlamydia.
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are particularly easy to catch, as they often don’t present any symptoms meaning that people don’t realise they have them.
- 50% of men and 70-80% of women with chlamydia don’t have symptoms at all
- 10% of men and almost 50% of women with gonorrhoea don’t have symptoms
- Even if they don’t cause symptoms, chlamydia and gonorrhoea can seriously damage your health if left untreated.
The good news is that chlamydia and gonorrhoea are pretty easy to treat. Herpes, on the other hand, is harder to kill than a rampaging zombie. Bouts of infection can be treated, but it is likely to recur.
So, if you don’t want your genitals to look like the inside of a pumpkin, use a condom this Halloween party season – this is by far the best way to protect yourself against STIs.
If you think you might have an STI, or simply want to find out more information, visit our Sexual Health Clinic by clicking the link below.