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Fears Are Rising That Drug Resistant Gonorrhoea Will Spread Across UK

08 June 2018

"More work must be done to ensure people from these groups have access to the information and sexual health services they need to improve and look after their sexual health".

The PHE England published the figures and urged the local as well as national services to up their game in prevention and treatment of STIs.

Worryingly, the highest rates of STIs are occurring in 16 to 24 year-olds, showing that the current sex ed situation in our schooling system is woefully inadequate.

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.

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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.

In 2017, there were approximately 422,000 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) made in England, around the same number that was reported in 2016.

The report adds that 78 percent cases were seen in men who had had unprotected sex with men.

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In 2016, a British man became the first in the United Kingdom to bring the antibiotic resistant strain back from travelling overseas.

Total SHS attendances across England increased 3% between 2016 and 2017, from 3.2 million to 3.3 million. The numbers have risen by 13 percent in the last five years says the report. 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.

Figures also showed a drop of 8 percent in the number of tests for chlamydia.

PHE claims that this alarming new information is due to budget cuts as testings in clinics fell to 61 percent in 2015. The risk is to self as well as to present and future sexual partners she explained. Both diseases can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility if untreated.

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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.

Fears Are Rising That Drug Resistant Gonorrhoea Will Spread Across UK