Rise in STI cases in Wiltshire

Rise in STI cases in Wiltshire

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:39am 12th June 2019.

The number of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in the county has gone up slightly, reflecting a larger rise across England.

Health experts have put the trend down to new sexual habits linked to the use of dating apps, as well as public budget cuts in sexual health services.

Figures show that 1,459 people were diagnosed with an STI in Wiltshire 2018, compared to 1,442 the previous year.

That's a rate of 480 people being diagnosed with a new infection per 100,000 Wiltshire residents aged 15 to 64 in the area, one of the lowest across England.

The figures include new STIs diagnosed by sexual health services, excluding chlamydia in under 25s.

There were 108 new cases of gonorrhoea in the area, down from 121 the previous year.

A further 19 cases were related to syphilis, two more than in 2017.

Dr Mark Lawton, from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said:

"Gonorrhoea is a marker of unprotected sexual activity. The use of dating apps is likely to be contributing to the increase in STIs seen, along with general changes in attitudes to sex.

"This is happening at a time when we're seeing significant cuts to funding of sexual health services, affecting access to timely testing and treatment and creating a 'perfect storm'."

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There's been a slight rise in STI cases in Wiltshire.

NATIONAL PICTURE:

Nationally, the number of new STIs diagnoses increased by 7% in 2018.

Gonorrhoea increased by 25% to 54,198 cases, the largest number recorded since 1978.

There were a further 7,287 cases of syphilis – a 5% increase on 2017.

WORRIED ABOUT STI's?

Wiltshire Sexual Health Service is a free NHS service providing STI testing and treatment as well as contraception and HIV services.

You can find out more about WiSe on their website.

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