United Kingdom sees 20 percent hike in cases of syphilis

GETTYCases of syphilis are at their highest in England for nearly 70 years

Syphilis and gonorrhoea have increased by 20 per cent in the a year ago and this is from a rise in unprotected sex.

Approximately 75 percent of the new syphilis cases were found in homosexual men.

It was reported, following a BBC freedom of information request, that 72 out of 151 councils in England are planning to cut sexual-health funding in the year 2018-19.

In March, the first case of super-gonorrhea was detected in the United Kingdom, and drug resistance is one of the main reasons of health concerns worldwide.

Research from Public Health England has revealed that there were almost half a million (422,000) new sexually transmitted infections recorded in 2017.

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.

The rates of syphilis for example is on a 70 year high last year according to the Public Health England statistics.

In total, clinics treated 422,147 STIs infections in 2017, down 0.3 per cent on 2016.

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Over the past five years, attendances have jumped 13%.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said the rise in attendances was placing a "significant strain" on council resources. Health inequalities will remain and councils may be unable to respond effectively to unforeseen outbreaks'.

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.

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.

"Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners", said Gwenda Hughes, a consultant scientist and head of the sexually transmitted infection section at PHE.

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 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.


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