Scotland’s Evening Times reported that health officials from the greater Glasgow area say that sexually transmitted infection (STI) incidence is nine times greater in teenage girls than in boys of the same age. Glasgow reported 51 chlamydia diagnoses among 15-year-olds in 2012; girls accounted for 46 of these diagnoses. The previous year saw 96 cases—80 were among girls.
Health experts believe the disparity may be because more girls than boys seek testing. “We find that more young women attend our sexual health services than young men. … as such we would expect to see higher numbers of young women testing positive for STIs than young men,” said a spokesperson for National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
When health officials included other STIs, they reported more than 450 teenagers diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis between 2008 and 2012. Some were as young as 13, although officials did not provide precise numbers on these cases due to the patients’ young age.