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Sexually Transmitted Infections have decreased according to Public Health Agency

Public Health Agency figures are obtained from Northern Ireland Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics, which treat STIs

THE Public Health Agency’s latest figures on sexually transmitted infections in Northern Ireland show a 13 per cent overall decrease in cases in 2015.

The highest rates of STIs occured in 16-24 year old females and 20-34 year old males and although overall figures were down there was an increase in cases of gonorrhoea and infectious syphilis.

Despite only account for a quarter of the population, those aged 16-34 makes up 82 per cent of all new STI cases.

The report monitors admissions and treatments in the north’s Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics for the calendar year.


In total, 5,477 new STI cases were detected and new diagnoses of chlamydia were down by 18 per cent.

Dr Gillian Armstrong, Specialist Registrar with the Public Health Agency, advised people to take precautionary measures to prevent a sexually transmitted infection.

"People with STIs don’t always have symptoms, so anyone having unprotected sex could be putting their health at risk," she said.

"We are also encouraging people to always use a condom, and to get tested if they have put themselves at risk.

"There are GUM clinics across Northern Ireland. Staff are non-judgmental and welcome everyone who takes responsibility for their sexual health by getting checked out."

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