Syphilis and gonorrhoea up by one-fifth

GETTYCases of syphilis are at their highest in England for nearly 70 years

GETTYCases of syphilis are at their highest in England for nearly 70 years

Victorian-era sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and syphilis are making a comeback in the United Kingdom because dating apps are speeding up the process of people meeting and having sex, health officials have warned.

A staggering 78 percent of diagnoses of the infection affected queer men.

Chlamydia testing has fallen 8% in the a year ago, there's a strain of drug resistant super-gonorrhea going around, and according to new data from Public Health England, syphilis is well and truly back with a vengeance.

There were 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis reported in 2017 compared to 5,955 cases in 2016 and a 148 percent increase relative to 2008.

More than 7,000 cases of syphilis and almost 46,000 cases of gonorrhoea were reported to Public Health England in 2017.

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.

Chlamydia is still the most prevalent of the STIs, with more than 200,000 cases last year, accounting for 48 percent of all new diagnoses in the last year.

Approximately 75 percent of the new syphilis cases were found in homosexual men.

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

The chairwoman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board said the rise was placing a "significant strain" on council resources.

"There is no time for complacency", she said.

The report also shows that there's been an eight percent decline in chlamydia testing and a two percent drop in chlamydia diagnoses in 15-24-year-olds.

Debbie Laycock, from the Terrence Higgins Trust, told the BBC: "Our sexual health services are stretched too thinly and demand outweighs availability, with more cuts already planned".

Public Health England noted that most of this decrease had taken place in sexual and reproductive health services, where chlamydia testing has fallen by 61 percent since 2015, a trend "likely reflecting a reduction in service provision".

Dr Gwenda Hughes, consultant scientist and head of the STI section at Public Health England, said: "Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners".

The infection can cause infertility and an inflammatory disease in your pelvis, so it's certainly not the type of thing you want running amok in your body.

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