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Experts call for more safe sex education as gonorrhoea cases rise by a quarter in England

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3870 (Published 31 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3870
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

In England last year there was a 2% rise in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed, reversing the small decline observed in 2010, according to figures from the Health Protection Agency.

The greatest increase has been in new infections of gonorrhoea, which rose by 25% (from 16 835 in 2010 to 20 965 in 2011), followed by a 10% rise in new cases of syphilis (from 2650 to 2915), and a 5% rise in new cases of herpes (29 794 to 31 154).

There were 426 867 new diagnoses of STIs in 2011, up from 419 773 in 2010. The highest rise was among men who have sex with men. Among heterosexuals, rates remained highest among young adults aged 15 to 24 years.

Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at the agency, said: “We anticipated some increase in diagnoses due to improvements in testing in recent years, but not on the scale seen here.”

She told …

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