Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Sex crisis as diseases highest for 70 years

Sex crisis as diseases highest for 70 years

A total of 7,137 new diagnoses of syphilis were made in 2017, a jump of 20% on the previous year - the largest annual number of reported cases since 1949.

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

PHE has recommended, "Those at risk of STIs can access services through sexual health or genitourinary medicine clinics".

The patient - a man who, unsurprisingly, wishes to remain nameless - caught his dose from a woman whilst visiting South East Asia earlier this year.

Despite the notable increases in new cases of syphilis and gonorrhea, the overall number of new STI diagnoses in England actually decreased slightly in 2017, due to a decline in the number of cases of genital warts and non-specific genital infections (NSGI), as well as a slight drop (2 percent) in chlamydia diagnoses among 15- to 24-year-olds.

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

However, antibiotic resistant strains of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis are a growing threat to disease prevention and treatment.

Two "similar" cases were subsequently discovered in Australia, suggesting that super-gonorrhoea may become more common in the future.

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On the other hand, the new data shows that there has been a 22 percent increase in gonorrhoea cases compared to the 2016 data, which the Public Health England has described as 'concerning'.

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. She said, "There is no time for complacency..."

'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.

"Our sexual health services are stretched too thinly and demand outweighs availability, with more cuts already planned".

Dr Kirsty Foster for Public Health England North East said: "These latest figures make stark reading and show that, in common with the rest of the United Kingdom, poor sexual health continues to be a serious problem in the North East".

Hughes also stated that STI's can cause a serious health problem for those who are infected as it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and danger to unborn babies.

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