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Gonorrhea infections in UK jump by a quarter
Jun 12th, 2012 - 06:12:04
SOURCE:* Independent (London)*
AUTHOR: Charlie Cooper
Gonorrhea diagnoses in the United Kingdom experienced an "unprecedented" 25
percent spike in the past year, according to the Health Protection Agency
(HPA). Currently the UK's second-most common bacterial STI, gonorrhea is
becoming more resistant to antibiotic treatment, causing health experts to
warn of the "very real danger of untreatable gonorrhea."
In addition to more sensitive testing, HPA blames the spike on risky
behavior, with men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual young
adults causing the most concern. UK STI diagnoses reversed a small previous
decline and climbed by 2 percent in 2011.
*There were 20,965 new cases of gonorrhea in England in 2011, compared to
16,835 in 2010.
*Gonorrhea in MSM increased 61 percent.
*57 percent of all new gonorrhea diagnoses were among heterosexuals ages
*New syphilis diagnoses increased 10 percent to 2,915.
*New herpes diagnoses increased 5 percent to 31,154.
*New chlamydia diagnoses decreased 2 percent to 186,196
Sex education advocates maintain public health officials have "taken their
foot off the pedal" in warning the public about the seriousness of STIs.
They predict the impeding transfer of responsibility for public health care
to already financially troubled local authorities will make matters worse.
Moderator's Note: There is need for more advocacy on new prevention
technologies....Condoms might be limited in some scenarios causing
infection yet sex is unavoidable. We need to have more Pre-exposure
technologies and also stick the available post exposure prophylaxis. An STI
test is also mandatory if you are not used to one sexual partner.
"He who has an ear,..."
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