Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Two thirds not using condoms with new partners

  • Comment

Around two-thirds of people do not use condoms when they have sex with a partner for the first time, according to a survey marking the launch of a new sexual health advertising campaign.

Job promotion

Support Nurse (Core Intermediate Care Team) - £20,710 to £26,839 p.a., Margate, click here to apply.

Click here for more vacancies at Nursing Times Jobs Express.


The survey, which questioned of 2,000 young adults and parents, found a fifth do not realise that catching chlamydia can affect a woman’s fertility even though 78% know that it is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted disease (STI) in England.

Nine out of 10 do not get tested for STIs before starting a new relationship, risking themselves and their partner.

The survey shows that superficial knowledge and a casual attitude to the most prevalent in England is a serious risk to the nation’s sexual health.

The study was conducted for the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

It was used to mark the launch of an advertising campaign, Chlamydia. Worth Talking About Supported by the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP).

The campaign aims to encourage greater acceptance of chlamydia screening among 15 - 24 year olds.

In 2009 nearly 60,000 15 - 24 year olds tested positive for the infection.

Gillian Merron, Public Health Minister, said: “The Government’s Chlamydia. Worth Talking About campaign is designed to encourage normal conversations about sexual health, relationships, contraceptive choices and protection against STIs.”


  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.