Syphilis and gonorrhoea up by one-fifth

Figures show there were 7,137 cases recorded in 2017

Image Figures show there were 7,137 cases recorded in 2017

The CDC noted that in 2016, a total of 27,814 cases of syphilis were reported in the US, which was 17.6 percent more than the previous year and 74 percent up from numbers recorded in 2012. Shockingly, there were 44,676 diagnoses of the sexually transmitted infection a year ago, a jump of 22 percent from 2016. Of these, roughly half the diagnoses (21,346) involved men who have sex with men, up from 17,626 in 2016.

In March, the first case of super-gonorrhea was detected in the United Kingdom, and drug resistance is one of the main reasons of health concerns worldwide.

According to the report, gonorrhea numbers in England are up by 22 percent from 2016 to 2017, with 44,676 diagnoses recorded previous year.

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.

Cases of syphilis reported in England have reached the highest level since 1949, according to new data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) released Tuesday by Public Health England.

The report, which has collated STI diagnoses across England in 2017, has shown that men who have sex with men are the most likely to be at risk of the STI.

There are two similar cases of this rare infection reported in Australia.

In total, clinics treated 422,147 STIs infections in 2017, down 0.3 per cent on 2016.

Over the past five years, attendances have jumped 13 percent.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said the rise in attendances 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'.

"Our sexual health services are stretched too thinly and demand outweighs availability, with more cuts already planned".

'There is a small decline in chlamydia diagnoses, but this isn't good news as there's also been an 8 percent decline in testing for chlamydia.

The body recommended that local authorities enable young women to be tested for chlamydia while accessing contraceptive services.

"Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners", said Gwenda Hughes, a consultant scientist and head of the sexually transmitted infection section at PHE. The impact of STIs can be considerable, with some causing infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and harm to unborn babies.

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