Syphilis, gonorrhea on the rise in Britain, data shows

09 June, 2018, 12:25 | Author: Kara Nash
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The report said the impact of sexually transmitted infections remains the greatest in heterosexual people aged 15-24 years, black ethnic minorities and MSM.

Previous year there were 422,147 cases of sexually transmitted infections recorded in England, and syphilis accounted for 7,137 of those incidents, CNN noted. This number is the largest since 1949 the report says.

In March, the first super-gonorrhoea case was detected in the United Kingdom, where a man is said to have contracted the infection after having intercourse in South East Asia.

The case was linked to travel to south-east Asia, but Public Health England has reminded Global Positioning System to refer all suspected cases of gonorrhoea to specialist sexual health services (SHS).

Dr Foster also stressed that these STIs are preventable - so it is crucial that Public Health England continues to communicate messages about sex safe, the importance of wearing a condom and getting checked out after unprotected sex.

Syphilis and gonorrhea cases have increased by at least 20 percent since past year, according to figures released by Public Health England this week.


"Syphilis shows the highest concentration in the Salem area, probably a combination of age ranges and population density; syphilis is typically seen in the 30-50 year range", she explained.

There were 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis reported in 2017 compared to 5,955 cases in 2016 and a 148 percent increase relative to 2008. "Health inequalities will remain and councils may be unable to respond effectively to unforeseen outbreaks".

The total number of STI cases diagnosed by sexual health services in England in 2017 was around the same as 2016.

She added: "Government must reverse cuts to councils' public health grants because we can not tackle this by stretching services even thinner". PHE said "most of this decrease in testing took place in sexual and reproductive health services where chlamydia testing has fallen by 61% since 2015, likely reflecting a reduction in service provision".

Public Health England concluded their report with a call for stronger local and national prevention and care services, and more sexual health education in secondary schools.

Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of the STI section at Public Health England, said that consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners was the "best defense against STIs" adding that, if any person was at risk, "regular check-ups are essential to enable early diagnosis and treatment", according to CNN. Both diseases can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility if untreated.

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