His parents were too busy for him. So Jack (not his real name) paid prostitutes to visit him at home up to three times a week.
The 15-year-old eventually contracted gonorrhoea, a common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Jack isn’t the only teenager to have contracted an STI. Every day, more than one teenager here contracts an STI.
The latest figures from the Department of STI Control (DSC) Clinic show that, between 2006 and 2010, the number of STIs reported among 10- to 19-year-olds peaked at 829 in 2007.
It has fallen since then, but the figure remains at close to two cases per day in 2010 (626 in total).