July 8, 2016 at 3:52 pm EDT | by Staff reports
STI rates up 10 percent for UK gays
gonorrhea, gay news, Washington Blade, STI

N. gonorrhoeae is the bacterial causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. (Image public domain)

LONDON — Public Health England released sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates this week that show syphilis and gonorrhea rates rising for gay men there, the Guardian and other outlets report.

Overall rates for syphilis were up 76 percent between 2012-2015 while gonorrhea rates rose 53 percent. The rates were up 20 percent for syphilis and 11 percent for gonorrhea between 2014-2015.

Latest figures published this week from Public Health England  show there were 434,456 sexually transmitted infections reported in England in 2015; 54,275 of which were among gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men, a 10 percent increase since 2014. Chlamydia was the most commonly diagnosed STI, accounting for 46 percent of diagnoses (200,288 cases), followed by genital warts (68,310 cases).

The 2015 statistics represent a small decrease (3 percent) when compared to 2014. This is primarily due to falls in diagnoses for chlamydia (4 percent) and genital warts (7 percent), Public Health England reports.

However, in the same period there were large increases in diagnoses of gonorrhea (11 percent) and syphilis (20 percent), continuing the rising trends in these infections of the past five years. These rises have occurred mostly in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men.

The impact of STIs remains greatest in young people under the age of 25 years, and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

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