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Syphilis and gonorrhoea cases rose by a fifth in England last year

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2502 (Published 05 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2502
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

England saw a spike in cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea last year, with cases rising by a fifth, official figures have shown.

Public Health England’s (PHE) latest report into rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) showed a 20% rise in syphilis cases from 2016 to 2017 (up from 5955 to 7137) and a 22% rise in gonorrhoea cases (from 36 577 to 44 676).1

The overall rates of STIs remained stable in 2016-17. The highest rates of diagnoses across …

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