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.
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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.”