Tag Archives: sexual health

Gonorrhoea & syphilis on the rise

New figures from Public Health England reveal that in 2018, there were 447,694 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) made in England, a 5% increase since 2017. There were 56,259 diagnoses of gonorrhoea reported in 2018, a 26% increase since 2017; this is of concern given the three cases of extensively drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae identified in England in 2018. […]

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Syphilis on the up again

A report published by Public Health England (PHE) today reveals that while the overall rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016, there was a 20% increase in syphilis (from 5,955 cases in 2016 to 7,137 cases in 2017). The increase in syphilis follows a 10-year trend, with 78% of diagnoses in bisexual, gay and […]

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UK: HIV rates falling


A Parliamentary question has highlighted a significant drop in the rate of new HIV diagnoses in the UK. Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Brine MP told the Commons, “In 2016, 5,164 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK (3,938 men and 1,226 women), representing an 18% decline from the 6,286 diagnoses reported in 2015. […]

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