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New figures published in the Health Protection Agency (HPA) annual report show that new sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses rose by two per cent in England in 2011, with nearly 427,000 new cases, reversing the small decline observed the previous year. Young heterosexual adults (15-24 years) and men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the groups at highest risk. The overall rise seen in 2011 was primarily driven by new diagnoses increasing in, gonorrhoea (up by 25 per cent on 2010), syphilis (up by 10 per cent), genital herpes (up by five per cent).
HPA press release: http://www.hpa.org.uk/NewsCentre/NationalPressReleases/2012PressReleases/120531newrisingSTInumbersreleased/
BBC News report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18258775