STDs

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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