(CNN)A young person is diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea every four minutes in England, Public Health England (PHE) has said.
A young person is diagnosed with an STD every four minutes in England
There were more than 144,000 diagnoses of the two sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also referred to as STDs, in people aged between 15 and 24 last year -- equating to just under 400 a day.
A significant increase in gonorrhea diagnoses in England was recorded, with a 22% rise in cases of the disease from 2016 to 2017.
"STIs present a real threat to young people, and without using condoms, young people are putting themselves and their partners at risk of getting an STI," said Dr Hamish Mohammed, Consultant STI Scientist at PHE.
The figures were announced alongside a campaign by PHE urging young people to use condoms.
Around two-thirds of chlamydia cases and one-third of gonorrhea cases in England last year were in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket, the findings showed.
"Often STIs don't have any symptoms, with four in 10 cases of chlamydia in women and around half of the cases in men symptomless, and they can have serious consequences," said Dr. Sara Kayat, a general practitioner at Gray's Inn Medical Practice in London.
"Rates of STIs remain high in young people, and we want to make sure people know that the best way to protect themselves from getting an STI is to use a condom," Kayat said.