Press Article05/03/2010

STI talks 'crucial to happiness'

Couples hoping for a lifetime of domestic bliss could boost their chances through open and honest discussions about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a poll has claimed.

An investigation by Populus found that 70% of more than 1,000 young adults ranked frank discussion about STIs as a crucial factor in relationships, topping the usual suspects of meeting parents and friends, which lagged behind at 66% and 40% respectively.

Unfortunately, the theory is rarely translated into action, with almost three-quarters (73%) admitting they had never raised the subject. A total of 30% said they felt awkward asking their partners to use condoms.

The Government has launched the Chlamydia - Worth Talking About campaign to get to the root of the problem and encourage young people to have themseleves tested regularly.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: "STIs can be a difficult subject to talk about, but it's encouraging that young couples are starting to see beyond that. The Government's Chlamydia. Worth Talking About campaign aims to get young people discussing STIs and saying "yes" to chlamydia tests."

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