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Public Health England: New data reveals 420,000 cases of STIs diagnosed in 2017

Public Health England figures show there were 420,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in 2017, with cases of syphilis continuing to rise.

A report published by Public Health England (PHE) reveals that while the overall rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016, there was a 20% increase in syphilis (from 5,955 cases in 2016 to 7,137 cases in 2017).

The increase in syphilis follows a 10-year trend, with 78% of diagnoses in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). PHE is working with partner organisations to develop an action plan to address this rise. A key aim of the plan will be to increase numbers and frequency of tests in populations at higher risk of infection, to promote early detection and treatment.

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