Kiwis no good at safe sex, as sexually transmitted infection rates rise

It turns out New Zealanders aren't very good at sex - not safely, anyway.

Kiwi are getting more and more blasé about checking for sexually-transmitted diseases and preventing getting them, with infection rates on the rise in the country and people waiting too long to seek treatment.

According to a Massey University study, almost a third of those infected are sexually active for at least a week before getting help.

Rates of syphilis are at their highest ever in Auckland and Wellington - worse than during the 1800s, which by all accounts was an age rife with the pox.

While rates of other STIs including chlamydia and gonorrhoea continue to rise throughout the country, young people are the worst affected.

So are safe sex messages getting through or is New Zealand's sex education in need of some serious attention?

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles told Three's The Project that people aren't taking care of themselves.

"People can have a sexually transmitted disease but have no symptoms," she said.

"Think of it like a WOF [Warrant of Fitness] - go and get yourself checked out."

Watch the video for the full The Project segment.

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