1,000 British teenagers hospitalised for sexual diseases

August 29th, 2011 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 29 (IANS) Around 1,000 British teenagers under 16 years have been treated in hospitals for sexually transmitted diseases in the past three years, according to information released by a few medical trusts in the country.

The teenagers were treated for diseases like herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, the Daily Mail said.

Two 12-year-old boys were treated for genital warts and herpes, an 11-year-old boy was treated for chlamydia, while a 12-year-old girl was also treated for herpes, says the data obtained by a freedom of information request.

Since 2008, there have been 44 girls and two boys aged 13 who have received treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

There were 200 youngsters aged 14 and 602 aged 15 who attended clinics with sexual health problems.

There were almost three times as many girls than boys. Chlamydia was found to be the most common infection.

Another report said one in three Britons has unprotected sex with a new partner while on holiday.

People in their 50s were least likely to use contraception with a new partner.

A poll said around 16 percent of those in their 50s did not practise safe sex, compared to just four percent in the 26-30 age group and six percent aged 22 to 25.

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