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Sexually transmitted infections rise in Scunthorpe

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Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in Scunthorpe.

New figures from Public Health England reveal that there were 1,083 new cases of STIs diagnosed across the area in 2019.

That’s up by 6% from 1,018 cases in 2018.

In particular, new cases of gonorrhoea are up by 58% in the last year, with the number of new diagnoses rising from 96 in 2018 to 152 in 2019.

Cases of chlamydia are up 11% from 552 to 615, cases of herpes are down 10% from 125 to 113, cases of warts are down 29% from 136 to 96, and cases of syphilis are down 35% from 17 to 11.

The number of new STIs diagnosed nationally is up from 447,522 cases in 2018 – and a significant increase in gonorrhoea diagnoses in particular has prompted health officials to warn of the need to practise safe sex. Stock photo

PHE said the overall rise in STIs is likely to be due to people not using condoms correctly and consistently with new and casual partners, as well as an increase in testing.

The 1,083 new cases diagnosed in North Lincolnshire in 2019 works out as 63 for every 10,000 people – a lower rate than the national average.

Across England, there were 468,342 new diagnoses last year, or 83 for every 10,000 people.

The number of new STIs diagnosed nationally is up from 447,522 cases in 2018 – and a significant increase in gonorrhoea diagnoses in particular has prompted health officials to warn of the need to practise safe sex.

The number of gonorrhoea cases detected across the country rose by 26% in the last year, rising from 56,232 new diagnoses to 70,936.

New cases of syphilis are up by 10% from 7,260 to 7,982, cases of chlamydia are up 5% from 218,881 to 22,9411, cases of herpes are up 2% from 33,734 to 34,570 and warts are down 11% from 57,311 to 51,274.

Many clinics offer online testing, which means people can order tests using clinic websites, take them in the privacy of their own home and send kits off to a laboratory for testing, and receive results via text, phone call or post. Stock photo

Dr Hamish Mohammed, national lead for sexually transmitted infection surveillance at Public Health England, said: “The considerable rise of gonorrhoea cases in England, as well as the continued rise of other STIs, is concerning.

“It is important to emphasise that STIs can pose serious consequences to health – both your own and that of current and future sexual partners.

“We have seen that gonorrhoea has become more resistant to antibiotics and expect to see further cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea in the future, which will be challenging for healthcare professionals to manage.

“The consistent and correct use of condoms with new and casual sexual partners is the best defence against all STIs. If you have had sex without a condom with a new or casual partner, you should get tested.”

Those at risk of STIs can still access services through sexual health clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many clinics offer online testing, which means people can order tests using clinic websites, take them in the privacy of their own home and send kits off to a laboratory for testing, and receive results via text, phone call or post.

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