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Syphilis and gonorrhoea increase sharply in England

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3457 (Published 26 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3457
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Figures from Public Health England have shown a major increase in the number of people with syphilis and gonorrhoea—particularly in men who have sex with men (MSM), as the number of syphilis diagnoses increased by nearly half and gonorrhoea cases increased by one third in 2013-14.1

Annual data showed that 439 243 new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported in England in 2014, a small (0.3%) decrease from the previous year. Chlamydia was the most commonly diagnosed STI, accounting for nearly half of cases (47%; 206 774), followed by genital warts (70 612).

The routinely collected figures on STI tests …

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