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Sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:249
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The overall numbers of sexually transmitted infections in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland continued to increase during 2003, the Health Protection Agency announced at the launch of its first annual report.

    But although there are some signs that the steady rises since 1995 may be starting to level out slightly, the figures hide huge variations in the diagnoses of individual infections.

    And they show that rates of infection are consistently higher in homosexual men than in heterosexual men for almost every infection reported by genitourinary medicine clinics.

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