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Syphilis and gonorrhoea cases have spiked in England

09 June 2018, 12:27 | Silvia Roy

Syphilis and gonorrhoea cases have spiked in England

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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. Highest incidence is seen among adults aged between 25 and 34 years and they were one third of all the cases.

Sexually transmitted infections or STI cases are continuing to be a big problem, especially in England where a number of officials are saying the issue is growing due to budget cuts.

Cases of syphilis in England are at their highest level for almost 70 years, new figures show. In March 2018 for example a man was admitted with gonorrhoea that was highly resistant to the two types of antibiotics that this bacteria is most sensitive to.

It was seen for the first time in the United Kingdom earlier this year, when a United Kingdom man he picked up the disease after a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia.

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

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. The numbers have risen by 13 percent in the last five years says the report.

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..."

'There is a small decline in chlamydia diagnoses, but this isn't good news as there's also been an 8 percent decline in testing for chlamydia.

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"Government must reverse cuts to councils' public health grants because we can not tackle this by stretching services even thinner", she added. According to the PHE, most of this decline has been seen in the SHS where testing for chlamydia has come down by 61 percent since 2015.

"A reduced ability to identify, test and treat exposed people means they may be unaware of their infection and could be spreading it to others", Landers said. The recommendations also emphasize on high-quality relationships and sex education at schools.

Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of the STI section at Public Health England, said that consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners was the "best defense against STIs" adding that, if any person was at risk, "regular check-ups are essential to enable early diagnosis and treatment", according to CNN.

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

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