Syphilis cases at their highest since World War Two, Report

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Syphilis cases at their highest since World War Two, Report
Syphilis cases at their highest since World War Two, Report

SYPHILIS cases are at their highest since World War Two, new figures have revealed.

A report by the Terrence Higgins Trust and British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) said STI rates are “unacceptably high”, leaving “overstretched” sexual health services “struggling to cope.”

There were 447,694 new diagnoses of STIs in 2018 – a rise of 5% from the previous year, according to the sexual health organisations.

The Station of the Nation report found that over the last decade, gonorrhea has risen 249% and syphilis 165%, while rates of chlamydia increased by 6% in 2018.

Trichomoniasis and shigella are less common STIs, however since 2017 there have been 8% and 91% increases in new diagnoses respectively.

But there have been successes in reducing diagnoses of HIV and genital warts.

Genital warts cases have fallen 3% since 2017, while in 2018, there were just over 4,000 new HIV diagnoses (4,044) in England – a 6% drop from the previous year.

The State of the Nation report said there has been a lack of national strategy and that spending on sexual health services has been cut by a quarter since 2014.

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