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England Syphilis at Highest Level Since WWII Years

England Syphilis at Highest Level Since WWII Years
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By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:35 AM

England has seen a rise in syphilis cases, according to data that shows the sexually transmitted disease is at the highest level is has been at since the WWII years.

Last year there were 422,147 cases of sexually transmitted infections recorded in England, and syphilis accounted for 7,137 of those incidents, CNN noted.

This marks a 20 percent increase from the previous year and a 148 percent jump in the past decade, and these rising numbers are not limited to the U.K.

These numbers were revealed Tuesday by Public Health England, and the focus is not just on syphilis.

According to the report, gonorrhea numbers in England are up by 22 percent from 2016 to 2017, with 44,676 diagnoses recorded last year.

This is particularly concerning given the recent emergence of a drug-resistant strain of the STD, which is being referred to as "super gonorrhea."

Earlier this year Public Health England announced that a British man had contracted a "super" strain of the STD, which failed to respond to a combination of two antibiotics, while traveling abroad.

In the U.S., gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease, with 468,514 cases reported in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The CDC noted that in 2016, a total of 27,814 cases of syphilis were reported in the U.S., which was 17.6 percent more than the previous year and 74 percent up from numbers recorded in 2012.

On the flip side, Public Health England noted a rapid decrease in the occurrence of genital warts, which is largely due to the high coverage National HPV immunization program. The agency also reported a notable decline in testing for chlamydia, which is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of the STI section at Public Health England, said that consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners was the "best defense against STIs" adding that, if any person was at risk, "regular check-ups are essential to enable early diagnosis and treatment," according to CNN.

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