Hackney is one of the most sexually-infected boroughs in London
PUBLISHED: 16:07 25 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:07 25 June 2015
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Hackney has come out on top for having the most young people with Chlamydia according to a report revealing the growing number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in London.
The figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that among the borough’s 15 to 24 age group, the disease was detected in 4,270 residents per 100,000 population.
Chlamydia, if left untreated can cause infertility in women.
Regional director for PHE, Dr Yvonne Doyle, urged people who have been at risk to get tested.
She said: “Rates of infection among young people are increasing and we need to engage with them more to drive home the messages about safe sex, including using condoms, regularly being tested and avoiding overlapping sexual relationships, all of which will reduce the risk of STIs.”
She added: “Although there are many excellent sexual health services across London, they need to be engaging, receptive and proactive across the board, addressing the totality of Londoner’s needs, even if this is not the primary focus of their service.
“For example, ‘chem sex’, or risky sexual behaviour while under the influence of drugs, is an emerging problem, so sexual health services should be asking clients about their recreational drug use and providing clear pathways to appropriate drug services.”
PHE figures also showed there were 113,381 new sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in London residents in 2014, accounting for one in every four diagnoses in England.
This is a five per cent increase since 2013.
Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at PHE said: “The stats published today show that too many people are getting STIs. Reducing this spread must be a public health priority.
“Health promotion and education to increase risk awareness and encourage safer sexual behaviour remain the cornerstones of STI prevention. Ensuring easy access to sexual health services and STI screening is a vital component in the control of STIs.
“Effective commissioning is critical to improving STI prevention. Prevention work should continue to focus on people in the groups at highest risk of infection, such as young people and gay men.”
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