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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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UK LGB Numbers Rise Again

The UK’s Office for National Statistics has published its figures for sexual orientation of the UK population in 2017 – and the trend away from heterosexuality has continued. There are interesting stats on people from mixed / multiple ethnic backgrounds and sexuality in this year’s figures. The estimates are based on data from the Annual Population Survey (APS), which collects […]

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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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Different for Bis: December 2017

The latest in bisexuality research. Bi Special The Psychology of Sexualities Review devoted its Winter 2017 edition to bisexuality with a raft of interesting papers about bi research from Europe, the USA and New Zealand. The opening editorial piece reflects on a key change, observing: “In the last few years, bisexuality has become contested in rather different ways than in […]

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Is being bisexual ruining your life?

OK, I admit it, it’s a provocative headline. But the latest number crunching from the Office for National Statistics says that lesbian, gay and bi people rate their ‘quality of life’ as lower than the population at large do. They find that “People who identified as bisexual had the biggest well-being gap, reporting significantly higher levels of anxiety than any […]

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Another Bi Boost

The latest statistics from ONS once again show more people identifying as bisexual – and again it’s a generational shift with younger people less likely to identify as straight. Emily Knipe, of the Population Statistics Division at the Office for National Statistics, says of the new figures: “In 2016, around 2% of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or […]

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