Increase in sexually transmitted infections amongst Singaporean teenagers, study finds

Increase in sexually transmitted infections amongst Singaporean teenagers, study finds

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean study of 688 sexually active teens has found that there is an increasing pattern of adolescents getting diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Study results According to the Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) Clinic, results from the study found that 421 teenage boys and girls – aged between 10 to 19 – contracted an STI in 2015, an 8% increase from 2014 where there were just 391 cases reported. Experts commented saying young people are not clueless about protection but they merely opt to engage in sexual activities without using condoms. It was found within this study group there were teens that engaged in these activities before the age of 16 and there were some teenagers who had a few sexual partners prior to reaching adulthood. In 2007, there were 820 cases recorded of such nature and had been steadily reducing until 2015. This study found that generally, over 90% of all adolescent STI cases were made up of those aged 15 to 19. Condom use to prevent STIs Out of the STIs in this study, chlamydia is the most common infection with gonorrhoea being a distant second. Third most common is genital warts. Dr Tan Wei Sheng, deputy head of DSC Clinic relayed his concerns with the lack of condom use amongst the teenagers despite being aware of its beneficial barrier effects against STIs. He said, “Youth today are quite savvy (about sex and contraception), more so than before; but it is not translating into action.” Based on a DSC study published in 2013, 90% of girls and 25% of boys claimed to...

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