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

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

Sexually transmitted diseases also hit a record high in the U.S. in 2016 with more than 2 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

The Public Health England figures showed a large proportion of diagnoses - 78% - involved men who have sex with men.

Health officials now fear there could be more cases after recording 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhoea in 2017 - a 22% increase on the previous year.

Gonorrhea infections in OR have tripled since 2012, and OR has also seen increases in the sexually transmitted infections chlamydia and syphilis, matching a national trend.

These numbers were revealed Tuesday by Public Health England, and the focus is not just on syphilis.

New data released by Public Health England (PHE) showed that there were nearly 46,000 cases of gonorrhea and more than 7,000 cases of syphilis in England in 2017.

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

In March, the first super-gonorrhoea case was detected in the United Kingdom, where a man is said to have contracted the infection after having intercourse in South East Asia.

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

The number of syphilis cases in England are at their highest level since 1949 and are placing a "significant strain" on council resources. She said, "There is no time for complacency... Health inequalities will remain and councils may be unable to respond effectively to unforeseen outbreaks".

Mrs Laycock added: "There is a small decline in chlamydia diagnoses, but this isn't good news as there's also been an 8% decline in testing for chlamydia". Most of the decrease occurred in sexual and reproductive health services, reflecting a reduction in provision, the report admitted.

Public Health England concluded their report with a call for stronger local and national prevention and care services, and more sexual health education in secondary schools.

"Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners".

Dr Gwenda Hughes from PHE said: "Consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners is the best defence against STIs, and if you are at risk, regular check-ups are essential to enable early diagnosis and treatment".

Left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to complications including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. Since then the PHE has directed Global Positioning System to refer the suspected cases of gonorrhoea they encounter to specialist sexual health services (SHS).