THE highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) ever recorded here has been found among young adults.
New figures, seen by the Irish Independent, revealed that rates of diseases like gonorrhoea and chlamydia have soared.
This is despite major health awareness campaigns and predictions that, with the decline in social spending since the 2008 recession and property market collapse, STD rates might fall.
Over 60pc of all new STD cases are now accounted for by people aged 20 to 29.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) won't have national STD figures for 2012 until next month.
However, preliminary HPSC figures to July revealed the upward trend in STD detections was being maintained.