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STI numbers triple over 10 years

Concerns have been raised over sexual health in Scotland after new figures show a three-fold increase in cases of sexually transmitted infections in the country between 1999 and 2009.

Genital chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection which can cause infertility, recorded the sharpest increase in Scotland during the 10-year period, while cases of genital herpes, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV also went up, according to new figures released by the Scottish government.

A total of 18,277 cases of genital chlamydia were recorded in 2009, up from 5,676 in 1999.

Genital herpes cases reached 2,627 in 2009, from 933 in 1999.

A total of 1,021 gonorrhoea cases were reported in 2009, compared with 538 in 1999.

Figures for infectious syphilis were not available for 1999. In 2000, four syphilis cases were reported. This figure rose to 189 in 2009.

A Scottish government spokesman said: "We will shortly be publishing our new sexual health and blood-borne virus framework, and one of its high level outcomes will be fewer sexually transmitted infections."

Copyright Press Association 2011