Health Protection Agency announced yesterday that alcohol so often leads to casual sexual behaviours that is in turn causing a rise in sexually transmitted infections among teenage boys and girls. STD’s have also increased among gay men suggesting that the fear of HIV had decreased.

The overall number of infections went up last year by 2%, however the number is much bigger among teenage girls and it goes as far as 16%.
The biggest concern seems to be genital herpes, this incurable, life long infection that can affect people with severe symptoms and recurrences even after the treatment.

Health experts agree that cultural messages are not helping at all to get the right message to these young people. In films, you see people engaging in sexual intercourses without thinking of condoms as well as lighting cigarettes without questions being asked. This is not a good image for teenagers who need good role models.

Behaviour surveys done over the last decade showed that young people were having more partners, more casual sex and are less likely to use condoms than before.

Government campaigns are working hard for the right messages to reach these young people. They are using the voices of young people who had been through negative experience to give advice about proper behaviours since teenagers listen to each other. This doesn’t seem to be enough and they need help from the society.

Of the most common sexually transmitted infections, three types have increased in the last year - gonorrhoea by 3%, chlamydia by 19% and genital warts by 4%.