Diseases like gonorrhoea, syphilis and herpes were endemic in the 19th century when prostitution was common but sexual protection measures were not.
And according to the Health Protection Agency, almost half a million new STIs were diagnosed last year, with figures showing a 25% rise in gonorhoea cases, 10% more syphilis and that herpes is up by 5%.
“The data shows that too many people are putting themselves at risk of STIs and serious health problems,” Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at the HPA said in The Sun.
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