Gonorrhea And Syphilis Rates Are Going Up By 20 Percent

Leslie Hanson
June 8, 2018

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".

There was also a 22% rise in gonorrhoea cases in 2017 compared to 2016.

It follows the first case of gonorrhoea highly resistant to the two types of antibiotics used to treat it being recorded in the United Kingdom in March.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, Consultant Scientist and Head of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Section at PHE, said, "Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners".

The infection can cause infertility and an inflammatory disease in your pelvis, so it's certainly not the type of thing you want running amok in your body.

Consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners is the best defense against STIs, and if you are at risk, regular check-ups are essential to enable early diagnosis and treatment.

Also, the report shows how certain STIs have spread globally in the past 10 years, such as in Australia, where syphilis cases rose by 107% and gonorrhea by 63% between 2011 and 2016.

Figures also showed a drop of 8 percent in the number of tests for chlamydia.


"Worryingly, however, we are seeing an increase in the number of clinics that are being closed and patients are finding it increasingly hard to access care", he said, the Daily Mail reports. Infection rates for all three STIs have increased each year for the past three years in the US, according to Marion County Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers.

And while the HPV vaccine is protecting more women from genital warts, the lack of availability of the vaccine for men is leaving them at risk.

'There's no clear plan for tackling consistently high rates of STIs.

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

Speaking of his condition, Gavin told the BBC last April: 'I thought syphilis was from the middle ages and it had gone away'.

This means the bacteria had spread through the blood to his skin, liver, joints, lymph nodes, muscles and brain.

According to the PHE report, the sharp increases in bacterial STIs among gay men may be due in part to "an increase in the number of condomless, anal intercourse partners as a result of behaviours such as HIV seroadaptive behaviours, group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications, and 'chemsex'".

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