Gonorrhoea infections in England soared by 25% last year, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The infection has also shown early signs of becoming resistant to the antibiotics used to treat it.
The number of sexually transmitted diseases in general is also on the rise, says the HPA, who noted a 2% rise in the number of diagnoses in 2011 compared to the previous year.
Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI and although the higher number of diagnosed cases is partly due to more sensitive testing, unprotected sex is also to blame, according to the HPA.
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