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News for week ending 7 June 2002


New sexually transmitted infection (STI) STI figures show many young New Zealanders are ignoring the message to use condoms when having sex.

New figures from the Ministry of Health, show most STI infection s were in teenagers and young adults, and are more likely to be diagnosed with concurrent infections.

The rates for chlamydia are five times higher than those reported in Australia, while gonorrhoea rates are two times higher here than across the Tasman.

There is also a disproportionate ly high rates of bacterial STIs among young people, especially Maori and Pacific Islander s was of particular concern.

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