STI figures decrease in West Midlands apart from Stoke-on-Trent


Figures show Stoke-on-Trent has seen no change in the reported number of STI’s within the city since 2012.

According to Public Health England, there are 621 new diagnoses of a sexually transmitted disease in Stoke-on-Trent per 100,000.

Although this is below England’s benchmark at 743, Stoke-on-Trent figures show no change in several years.

While other areas of the West Midlands such as, Herefordshire and Shropshire, have seen a decrease.

Over half of these new diagnoses show to be Chlamydia, the biggest sexually transmitted disease in the UK.

People aged 25 and below being the majority being diagnosed.

Dr Mamoona Tahir, PHE West Midlands Health Protection consultant leading on STIs, said: “It can be weeks before you experience any symptoms, so you could be passing the infection on to others without realising.

“STIs present a real threat to young people and by not using condoms it’s putting them and their partners at risk.”

In 2017 The West Midlands region saw 35,635 new STI diagnoses.

For over a decade the rates of diagnosis of an STI has been increasingly high.

Worryingly new figures for the UK show a 22% rise in gonorrhoea from 2016-2017.

With West Midlands seeing a 14% rise.

The Public Health England recently launched a campaign to encourage more 15-24-year-olds to use a condom when having sex.

As new statistics show a young person is diagnosed every 4 minutes in England.

The PHE’s ‘Protect Against STIs’ campaign raises the awareness of the impact of not wearing a condom during sex.

TV Doctor and GP, Dr Sara Kayat and Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson back the campaign by promoting safer sex.

Sam Tompson, said:  “I’m on a mission to encourage young people across the country to use condoms.

“We’re not talking about safe sex or normalising the use of condoms enough.

“The most shocking thing I’ve learned is that some STIs are symptomless and that some are actually becoming harder to treat – that’s scary.

“There’s really no excuse for people not to use condoms and we should all feel empowered to use them and to see condoms as a normal part of a healthy sex life.”

The PHE campaign encourages using condoms as a prevention.

Some STI’s like Gonorrhoea, are becoming harder to treat as they’re becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

If an STI goes untreated it can cause major health issues, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, swollen or painful testicles, and reactive arthritis.

For a pregnant woman, it can increase the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.

TV Doctor and GP, Dr. Sara Kayat, said: “Rates of STIs remain high in young people, and we want to make sure people know that the best way to protect themselves from getting an STI, is to use a condom.

“You can easily contract an STI or pass one on without even knowing it.

“As I tell my patients – make sure you use a condom.”

For more information about Public Health England’s ‘Protect Against STDs’ campaign, visit their website.


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