Syphilis cases at a county six year high

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

SYPHILIS and gon­or­rhoea cases have hit a six year high in Le­ices­ter­shire.

Across Eng­land, new cases of th­ese two sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions (STIs) have jumped by a fifth in a year.

In Le­ices­ter­shire, there were 228 new cases of gon­or­rhoea di­ag­nosed in 2017, the high­est num­ber since at least 2012, up from 216 in 2016. New cases of syphilis in­creased from 23 to 36, again, a six year high.

Le­ices­ter is also see­ing syphilis cases hit a six year high, with 28 cases in 2017. The area also saw a rise in gon­or­rhoea cases, up from 186 in 2016 to 205 in 2017.

Both Le­ices­ter and Le­ices­ter­shire have seen a rise in new di­ag­noses of chlamy­dia, with a 3% rise in Le­ices­ter, up from 1,413 cases in 2016 to 1,460 in 2017, and a 4% rise to 2,328 in Le­ices­ter­shire.

Peo­ple in Le­ices­ter were 2.2 times more likely to be di­ag­nosed with chlamy­dia than the Eng­land av­er­age, and those in Le­ices­ter­shire were 1.8 times more likely.

Over­all, there were 2,643 new STI di­ag­noses in Le­ices­ter in 2017, a 3% rise com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, with 3,957 cases in Le­ices­ter­shire, up 1% to a six year high.

Across Eng­land, in 2017, there were ap­prox­i­mately 422,000 di­ag­noses of STIs, around the same num­ber that was re­ported in 2016.

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