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Cupid’s arrows of love didn’t come laced with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but every four minutes in England a young person is diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhoea.

In Wolverhampton the number of people with syphilis and gonorrhoea is below the England average. The amount of 15-24 year olds screened for chlamydia is well below the England average.

STIs are passed from one person to another through unprotected penetrative sex or genital contact, and can be treated with antibiotics. However, recent studies have shown the antibiotics used to treat chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are failing.

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:

“Our sexual health is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly and anyone who thinks they might be at risk of having an infection should visit their local sexual health clinic.”

To find your nearest sexual health information and support services visit: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Sexual-health-information-and-support/LocationSearch/734

For more information on STIs, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/