Nottingham hospital figures show that nearly 400 young people were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease last year, the equivalent of more than one a day.
The number of under-18’s who had and STD has increased by almost 50 per cent form 2010.
Despite the massive increase in those diagnosed, Paul Dodsley, the health development officer at Nottingham Trent University told CBJ News that the statistics can be seen as positive.
He said “It’s positive that more young people are coming forward to get checked out. It is better to be safe than sorry.”
“Sometimes you don’t get symptoms for sexually transmitted diseases so if you’re in doubt it is always best to get checked out.”
The statistics also show that in 2010, 268 under-18s were diagnosed with an STD, 217 of them girls.