Sexually transmitted infections and screening for chlamydia in England, 2019

Report notes increase in diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (n=468,342, increase 5%), gonorrhoea (n=70,936; 26%), syphilis (n=7,982; 10%), and Mycoplasma genitalium (5,311; 196%) since 2018, but decreases in first episode genital warts in 15 to 17 year olds.

SPS commentary:

The significant increase in annual gonorrhoea diagnoses has prompted health officials to warn of the need to practise safe sex. Between 2018 and 2019, increases in gonorrhoea were reported in:

  • gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) from 26,864 to 33,853 (26% increase)
  • heterosexual women from 14,167 to 17,826 (26% increase)
  • heterosexual men from 13,036 to 15,253 (17% increase)


Public Health England

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