Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis cases on the up in the North East

Rates of syphilis and gonorrhoea are through the roof

We've been hearing for several years that a particularly nasty strain of gonorrhoea has been lurking around, that's resistant to most types of antibiotics.

There were 20% more cases in England in the past year, and 148% more than in 2008.

Despite the notable increases in new cases of syphilis and gonorrhea, the overall number of new STI diagnoses in England actually decreased slightly in 2017, due to a decline in the number of cases of genital warts and non-specific genital infections (NSGI), as well as a slight drop (2 percent) in chlamydia diagnoses among 15- to 24-year-olds.

This comes after a syphilis sufferer, who has been made anonymous and given the name Gavin, urged anyone who has had unprotected sex to get themselves tested after he experienced no symptoms and only discovered the STI during a routine at-home test.

Gonorrhoea, which can cause pregnancy complications and infertility, increased by 22 per cent from 36,577 cases in 2016 to 44,676 in 2017, the data adds.

More than 400,000 new diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections were made in England a year ago, with cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea on the rise according to official figures.

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

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Moreover, the researchers have expressed their concern as chlamydia remains to be prevalent STI, which accounted for over 200,000 cases in 2017, making up to almost half of all the STI diagnoses made in 2017.

There has been a rise of 3 percent in SHS attendance between 2016 and 2017 (3.2 million in 2016 and 3.3 million in 2017).

The chairwoman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board said the rise was 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'.

"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.

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

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

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