Grim warning as cases of syphilis triple in the city


As sexually transmitted infections remain high it has been revealed the number of people suffering from syphilis has TREBLED in the city.

According to new Public Health England data there were 446,253 sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in England in 2013.

The total of new STI diagnoses rose by seven per cent with 1,283 cases across Milton Keynes.

There were ‘unusual increases’ in syphilis cases highlighted in the report with three times the number of cases reported.

Public Health England is now campaigning to encourage safer sex to help combat the rise in STIs, not only in the city, but across central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Luton and Northants.

Luton alone experienced 389 more cases of new STI dianoses than the previous year. Bedford bucked the trend with a fall of 22 cases.

Across the country chlamydia was the most common STI, with 9,047 cases reported, while gonorrhoea diagnoses saw a large rise, up 17 per cent from 2012 to 2013.

“Sustained efforts to encourage people to regularly get checked for STIs means we are now finding and treating more infections, which is good news,” said Doctor Catherine Lowndes, consultant scientist in PHE’s STI surveillance team.

“Nevertheless these data show too many people are still getting STIs each year, especially young adults and gay men.

“Investment in promoting good sexual health awareness, contraception and condom use, and STI testing is vital, as is ongoing investment in easy to access sexual health services that meet the needs of local populations.

“Not only will this help bring down STI rates but abortion rates and under 18 conceptions as well.”