Students are urged to use condoms as gonorrhoea rates remain high
posted by: Susan Mills
News issued from the UK Health Security Agency recently has highlighted the danger of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) through condomless sex.
The news has been issued to coincide with Freshers’ weeks at Universities to help encourage students to wear a condom and get tested regularly to protect themselves and others from STIs.
Diagnoses of gonorrhoea rose sharply in 2022, with 82,592 cases reported – a rise of 50% from the previous year.
Young people aged 15-24 remain the most likely to be diagnosed with STIs and, although many STIs can be easily treated with antibiotics, many can cause serious health issues if left untreated.
Wearing a condom can protect against STIs, as well as prevent unwanted pregnancies. Free condoms are available to all under 24s living in Devon and Torbay through the C-Card scheme. You can register and order condoms online, or to find your nearest C-Card collection site, you can use our find a service function.
The full UKSHA news release can be read here.
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