There has been a small decrease in the total number of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in England for the first time in more than a decade.
According to the latest statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), a decrease of one per cent was recorded between 2009 and 2010.
Indeed, last year, there were 418,598 new diagnoses made, compared to 424,782 in the previous year.
The decrease has been attributed to better screening systems, particularly for Chlamydia.
Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of the HPA's STI section, commented: "These encouraging decreases do not however mean we can rest on our laurels. Prevention efforts, such as greater STI screening coverage and easier access to sexual health services, should be sustained and continue to focus on groups at highest risk.
"To reduce the risk of STIs, the HPA recommends using a condom when having sex with a new partner and continuing to do so until you both have been screened."