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Expert warns of rise in sexually-transmitted infections among teenagers

  • Cases of herpes, gonorrhoea and chlamydia had increased steeply among teens in the last five years

The non-use of condoms is leading to an alarming increase in sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers in Spain, an expert has warned.

María Jesús Alonso, who spoke last week at the 32nd congress of the Sociedad Española de Pedriatría Extrahospitalaria y Atención Primaria (the Spanish society for outpatient paediatrics and primary healthcare), said that cases of herpes, gonorrhoea and chlamydia had increased steeply among teens in the last five years.

Alonso attributes this rise to a lack of education , with many pairs using condoms on the first sexual encounter, but not on subsequent ones. Reasons for this include the belief that they "ruin the mood".

The expert also pointed towards an overreliance on the morning-after pill and a misunderstanding of its function.

In Spain there are almost 10,000 pregnancies among girls under 19 every year, 80 per cent of which are unwanted.