Syphilis cases up 20 per cent in one year

Jun 15, 2018 by

from The Christian Institute:

Cases of syphilis – the sexually transmitted disease which left untreated can lead to meningitis and heart problems – have risen by a fifth in just one year.

Public Health England (PHE) said there were over 7,000 cases of the STI in 2017, with the vast majority among men who have sex with men.

The figures were released as an Australian study uncovered that the uptake of the HIV prevention drug PrEP was accompanied by an increase in unprotected sex.

Dramatic increase

Public Health England said overall STI rates were stable, with 16 to 24-year-olds having the highest rates of diagnoses.

But gonorrhoea rates were dramatically up, with a 22 per cent increase in 2017 compared to 2016.

For syphilis, PHE said there has been a 148 per cent increase in diagnoses since 2008.

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