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STIs diagnosed in 200 children every month

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Almost 200 children a month are diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), new statistics have shown.
A parliamentary question by the Liberal Democrats, revealed that from 2002-2006, 11,256 children under the age of 16 were diagnosed with STIs like gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes or genital warts.

Detection of Chlamydia cases in the under-16s has risen by almost 20% in the past four years and is most widely spread in the north east, north west and south west regions.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb said: ‘These are disturbing figures but we cannot close our eyes to the reality of life for some of our children. Ignoring it is simply not an option.

'If they are having sex at such a young age they must be informed about the risks involved and about the safe framework of a relationship.
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