New UK figures show further rise in sexually transmitted infections

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4666
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The incidence of sexually transmitted infections is continuing to rise in the United Kingdom, particularly in young people and women, show the latest figures, which also indicate a drift towards resistance of gonorrhoea to the only remaining effective antibiotics.

    The Health Protection Agency’s figures show that the number of new diagnoses increased by 3% (from 470 701 to 482 696) between 2008 and 2009, continuing the upward trend of the past 10 years.

    The rise was primarily due to an increase in genital chlamydia, the number of new diagnoses of which went up by 7% over the past year (from 203 773 to 217 570). This was partly because of greater availability of screening.

    New cases of gonorrhoea rose by 6% (16 451 to 17 385) and genital herpes by 5% …

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