New sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen to almost half a million in England with people aged under 25 experiencing the highest rates.
Health officials are warning that the latest rise in the number of diagnoses means too many people are still putting themselves at risk through unsafe sex.
Public Health England (PHE), who released the figures, said last year there were 448,422 diagnoses, which was a rise of five percent from 2011.
Almost half of all infections were chlamydia, with 46 percent, and new gonorrhoea diagnoses rose 21 percent, which is concerning health chiefs as the global threat of antibiotic resistance grows.
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