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Gonorrhea And Syphilis Rates Are Going Up By 20 Percent

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Figures show there were 7,137 cases recorded in 2017

Almost four-fifths of diagnoses (78%) were in men who have sex with men.

There was a 22 percent rise in cases of gonorrhoea in 2017 compared to 2016 (from 36,577 in 2016 to 44,676 in 2017) and a strain of super gonorrhoea which can not be treated by antibiotics has made its way into the stats.

Gonorrhea infections in OR have tripled since 2012, and OR has also seen increases in the sexually transmitted infections chlamydia and syphilis, matching a national trend.

In March, the first case of super-gonorrhoea was detected in the United Kingdom, in a man who is thought to have caught the infection having sex overseas in South East Asia.

Speaking today (Tues) Debbie Laycock, from sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "Today's stats confirm the number of STIs diagnosed in England remains worryingly high against a backdrop of damaging cuts to sexual health services". We want to see sexual health check-ups normalised among young people, and no different to visiting the dentist or doctor.

"In 2017, there were approximately 420,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in England, around the same number that was reported a year ago", Public Health England said in a Twitter post. The situation needs to improve quickly and learnings from the recent drop in new HIV diagnoses would be a good place to start.

There has been a rise of 3 percent in SHS attendance between 2016 and 2017 (3.2 million in 2016 and 3.3 million in 2017).

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The number of syphilis cases in England are at their highest level since 1949 and are placing a "significant strain" on council resources.

"There is no time for complacency", said Councillor Izzi Seccombe.

Public Health England is developing a syphilis action plan to address the increase in cases, and recently launched a sexual health campaign targeted at 16 to 24-year-olds called Protect Against STIs. "Health inequalities will remain and councils may be unable to respond effectively to unforeseen outbreaks".

There has also been a sharp spike in syphilis across the board, with 5,955 cases treated in 2016, and 7,137 accounted for in 2017.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, consultant scientist and head of the STI section at Public Health England, said: "Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners".

Dr. Hughes said the best defense anyone has against these diseases is the consistent and correct use of condoms, especially with casual partners.

Left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to complications including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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