Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Syphilis And Gonorrhea Rates Have Risen Within The Past Year In England

Syphilis And Gonorrhea Rates Have Risen Within The Past Year In England

Hook-up apps such as Grindr are contributing to a surge in some sexually transmitted infections, with syphilis cases at their highest since 1949.

In March 2018, a man was diagnosed with the first case of "super gonorrhea" in the United States, concerning health officials that current rise in gonorrhea could potentially lead to more cases like this.

Men who have sex with men who are having condomless sex with new or casual partners should seek testing every three months.

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.

In the USA, gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease, with 468,514 cases reported in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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There were 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhea reported in 2017, which represents a 22 percent increase from 2016 (36,577 cases).

The chairwoman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board said the rise was placing a "significant strain" on council resources.

She said: 'There is no time for complacency.

The new report reveals a 20 percent increase in syphilis cases between 2016 and 2017, from 5,955 cases to 7,137 cases, with the vast majority (5,592 cases, or 78 percent) in gay, bisexual, and other "men who have sex with men" (MSM).

'Unless greater recognition and funding is given to councils to invest in prevention services, a reversal in the encouraging and continuing fall in STIs is now a real risk.

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"This government is presiding over a national crisis in sexual health, caused in large part by the decision to implement year-on-year cuts to the public health grant which funds sexual health services", Deborah Gold, the National Aids Trust chief executive, points out.

Public Health England noted that most of this decrease had taken place in sexual and reproductive health services, where chlamydia testing has fallen by 61 percent since 2015, a trend "likely reflecting a reduction in service provision".

The report also shows that there's been an eight percent decline in chlamydia testing and a two percent drop in chlamydia diagnoses in 15-24-year-olds.

It recommended that local authorities need to enable young women to be tested for chlamydia when they access contraceptive services, and stressed the importance of "statutory, high-quality" relationship and sex education in secondary schools.

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