Anyone who has had sex without using a condom may be at risk of contracting an STI, and some types of STI can even be picked up if you’ve used a condom, such as Pubic Lice (Crabs) and Genital Warts. Most STIs are caused by viruses or bacteria and can be passed on during Oral, Vaginal or Anal Sex.
The most common STIs amongst young people are Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Warts (HPV) and Genital Herpes. In 2011, the Health Protection Agency released figures on STIs diagnosed in Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics in England for 2010.
They found in England, young people aged 16-24 accounted for:
- 63% of Chlamydia,
- 54% of Genital Warts,
- 47% of Gonorrhoea,
- 41% of Herpes, and
- 16% of Syphilis
Although STIs cannot always be prevented by using condoms, condoms do play an important role in helping to keep you safe. Not only can they reduce the risk of contracting Chlamydia, they can also reduce the risk of catching Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV, etc… So remember to ALWAYS WEAR A CONDOM!!