Why you should always use protection in Norfolk

Why you should always use protection in Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:20am 13th June 2019. (Updated at 11:30am 17th June 2019)

Why you should always use protection in Norfolk.

More sexually transmitted infections are being diagnosed here.

3,298 people were diagnosed with an STI in 2018, compared to 3,094 the previous year.


The figures include new STIs diagnosed by sexual health services, excluding chlamydia in under 25s.

There were 305 new cases of gonorrhoea in the area, up from 216 the previous year.

A further 28 cases were related to syphilis, 19 fewer than in 2017.

 

Dr Mark Lawton, from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said:

"Gonorrhoea is a marker of unprotected sexual activity.

The use of dating apps is likely to be contributing to the increase in STIs seen, along with general changes in attitudes to sex.

This is happening at a time when we're seeing significant cuts to funding of sexual health services, affecting access to timely testing and treatment and creating a 'perfect storm'."


Debbie Laycock, head of policy and public affairs at the Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity working on HIV and other STI prevention, says urgent action is needed from the Government.

"We are yet again seeing soaring rates of syphilis and gonorrhoea, and increases in the number of people attending sexual health services, which is happening against a backdrop of central government stripping £700 million from public health budgets in the last five years.

This is clear evidence that removing access to testing is having a direct impact on the rates of chlamydia, with cases now rising."

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