My True Love Gave To Me Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Warts

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Warning on increase in STIs and risk behaviour over the party season. People must improve sexual health practices during the Christmas season in order to stem the "rising tide" of sexually transmitted infections, Wales's top doctor warned today.

The advice from Dr Tony Jewell, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Wales, comes over fears that Christmas is the season of unprotected sex.

Dr Jewell said many people who carry sexually transmitted infections are unaware of the fact - putting their health and other people's well-being at risk.

Figures show that:

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o there has been an increasing number of people presenting at sexual health clinics with chlamydia since 2000 - over 3,500 cases according to 2006 figures;

o men now comprise 46 per cent of chlamydia cases, compared to 41 per cent in 2000;

o gonorrhoea case numbers have also increased in five years with a 46 per cent increase between 2000 and 2004; and

o there were around 860 people being treated for HIV/AIDS in Wales in 2006 - 30 in every 100,000 people).

Dr Jewell said: "There is a rising tide of sexually transmitted infections in Wales, despite attempts to reduce the rates.

"The rates are also likely to underestimate the actual prevalence.

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