Highest surge in syphilis for almost 70 years 'due to government cuts'

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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'.

Good news everyone, despite living in a world where we can now talk to people on the other side of the world immediately, buy robots and become famous on the internet, the great Victorian sexually transmitted infections are apparently making a comeback. Highest incidence is seen among adults aged between 25 and 34 years and they were one third of all the cases.

Sixty-five per cent of all syphilis cases in 2017 were in men who have sex with men. The man had travelled to south-east Asia from where he could have got the infection. Gonorrhea was fourth on the list with 347 cases in 2016, an increase from only about 60 cases in 2013.

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It follows the first case of gonorrhoea highly resistant to the two types of antibiotics used to treat it being recorded in the United Kingdom in March.

Last year, the Public Health England launched a nationwide sexual health campaign called Protect Against STIs. Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board said in a statement that this major rise in attendances to the SHS has put a strain on the resources. "Health inequalities will remain and councils may be unable to respond effectively to unforeseen outbreaks".

"This government is presiding over a national crisis in sexual health, caused in large part by the decision to implement year-on-year cuts to the public health grant which funds sexual health services", Deborah Gold, the National Aids Trust chief executive, points out. 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.

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Genital warts were the only infection in the North East where numbers of cases had declined from 3,056 in 2016 to 2,819 in 2017 - a fall of 8% - which is likely to be due to the successful implementation of HPV vaccination programme in girls aged 12 to 13 years.

"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.

Left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to complications including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. The risk is to self as well as to present and future sexual partners she explained.

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

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