Sexually transmitted infections in county go up

Sexually transmitted infections in county go up

Sexually transmitted infections in county go up

The rise in syphilis follows a ten-year trend, with three-quarters of new diagnoses in gay and bisexual men.

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

However, while there is alarm that some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, a look at the overall figures reveal diagnoses of STIs in England remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016.

Good news everyone, despite living in a world where we can now talk to people on the other side of the world immediately, buy robots and become famous on the internet, the great Victorian sexually transmitted infections are apparently making a comeback.

New reports have stated that in England, syphilis and gonorrhea diagnoses have risen drastically within the past year.

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).

Diagnosing syphilis during the early stage of the infection is important.

Many suggest that the current outbreak of STIs can be traced to budget cuts on health services.




Total SHS attendances across England increased 3% between 2016 and 2017, from 3.2 million to 3.3 million.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said the rise in attendances was placing a "significant strain" on council resources.

In December 2017, PHE created a sexual health campaign, called Protect Against STIs, that urged young adults to practice safe sex and use condoms.

The Public Health England has also noted that there has been a decline in chlamydia testing by 61 percent since the year 2015.

"Government must reverse cuts to councils' public health grants because we can not tackle this by stretching services even thinner", she added. Most of the decrease occurred in sexual and reproductive health services, reflecting a reduction in provision, the report admitted.

The body recommended that local authorities enable young women to be tested for chlamydia while accessing contraceptive services.

Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of the STI section at Public Health England, told CNN in March that the case was "the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics".

She said that there should be consistent and correct use of condoms with new and casual sexual partners as well as regular check-ups and testing to determine and treat these infections early. The impact of STIs can be considerable, with some causing infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and harm to unborn babies.

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