Sexually Transmitted Infections up 10%


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) increased by 10% in the first six months of 2001 when compared with 2000 - with the largest increases in bacterial infections like syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia, according to the latest available figures released by the National Disease Surveillance Centre today (Monday). Commenting on the figures, NDSC Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Dr Mary Cronin, said that while the increases in reported cases reflect unsafe sexual practices, other factors include increased testing for chlamydia, greater public and professional awareness of STIs. "I would urge those who are sexually active to practice safe sex, as most STIs are preventable. Many STIs, like chlamydia, often have no signs or symptoms so if somebody has put them self at risk they should get checked out as soon as possible. Almost all STIs are easily treated and cured if identified, but early diagnosis is important as, in some cases, irreversible complications including infertility and ectopic pregnancies can arise. "Those who have a sexually transmitted infection are also more vulnerable to HIV, and have a higher chance of passing on, or acquiring the disease. "The most commonly reported infections were anogenital warts, non specific urethritis and chlamydia, while the largest increases were detected in syphilis up 1233%, gonorrhoea - up almost 80% - and herpes which saw a rise of 36%." For full reports click here