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New campaign launched to raise awareness of STI prevention in young people

18th December 2017

The government has announced the launch of a new campaign designed to encourage condom usage among young adults across the country.

Entitled Protect Against STIs, the Public Health England initiative is targeted at 16 to 24-year-olds and marks the first government sexual health campaign to be launched in eight years.

The aim is to raise awareness of the serious consequences of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) – which can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, swollen or painful testicles and even meningitis – while also helping to normalise condom use.

To coincide with the campaign's launch, the findings of a YouGov survey of 2,007 young people has been published, showing that 47 percent of sexually-active young people have had sex with someone new for the first time without using a condom, while one in ten have never used a condom.

This is despite the fact that more than 141,000 chlamydia and gonorrhoea cases were diagnosed in people aged between 15 and 24 in England in 2016, with 59 percent of all those diagnosed with an STI belonging to this age group.

Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at Public Health England, said: "We need to remind young people of the importance of using condoms with a new or casual partner to help prevent infection."

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