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Facts

  • 435,000 people were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in 2015 in England alone.
  • STDs doubled among 50-90-year-olds in the UK, USA and Canada.
  • The ten most common STDs in the UK are chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, warts, genital herpes, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, pubic lice, and trichomonas.
  • There’s been a large increase in the number of diagnoses of syphilis and gonorrhoea in 2015 compared to 2014 (20% and 11% increase, respectively).
  • Many STDs are asymptomatic or “silent”.
  • Condoms do protect against some STDs, but they do not offer 100% protection.

Symptoms

  • Changes in the amount, colour or consistency of discharge
  • Unpleasant odour
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or lower back
  • Pain or burning while urinating, during or after sex
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
  • Irritation and itch
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Irregularities on the skin (bumps, blisters, open sores, swellings) around the vagina

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