According to recent statistics, STIs are still a growing trend in the UK today. With over 160,000 diagnosed cases of chlamydia and more than 100,000 diagnosed cases of genital warts in the UK in 2010, it is becoming even more important to practise safe sex and get tested regularly – either online or at your local GUM clinic.
The graph shows the various STI diagnoses at GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinics in the UK between 2000 and 2010.
Chlamydia is still the highest growing infection in the UK, and has grown from 60,000 cases in 2000 to over 160,000 cases in 2010.
Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI infection in the UK, and although the number of reported cases is quite low, is still a huge problem in the UK with more than 40,000 cases going undiagnosed each year.
Genital herpes infections that have been reported are relatively low when compared to other viral infections, such as genital warts, with a rise of about 20,000 cases between 2000 and 2010.
The number of genital warts infections follows a close second to chlamydia, growing from around 70,000 reported cases in 2000 to over 100,000 cases in 2010.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV), or gardnerella vaginalis, is most often associated with a chlamydia infection and the number of reported cases in 2010 has reached nearly 40,000 – an increase of 20,000 cases since 2000.
The "Other STIs" category contains the growing number of reported cases of other STIs – such as mycoplasma genitalium, ureaplasma urealyticum, trichomonas vaginalis and non-specific urethritis. These infections as a whole have risen from around 50,000 in 2000 to 80,000 reported cases in 2010.
You will notice that, while reported cases of syphilis are much lower than other STIs, there has been a slight growth in the number of cases since 2009.