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Gustavo Carr | 09 June, 2018, 12:24

The report states that there were a total of 7,137 new cases of syphilis in 2017 and this is a 20 percent rise from the year before.

Public health officials are often unable to investigate STIs because cases may not be able to give a name or address of exposed partners, and the number of partners people may have has increased.

Super-gonorrhea, which is resistant to various treatments, is shaping up to be a problem with one case confirmed in the United Kingdom last March 2017, then two cases in Australia following soon after, according to BBC News.

The rates of syphilis for example is on a 70 year high last year according to the Public Health England statistics. We want to see sexual health check-ups normalised among young people, and no different to visiting the dentist or doctor. Syphilis increased from an average of six cases per year in 2012 to 50 cases per year in 2016.

The newly-released report said that in 2017 there were 422,147 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) made in England, around the same number that was reported in 2016.

"Syphilis shows the highest concentration in the Salem area, probably a combination of age ranges and population density; syphilis is typically seen in the 30-50 year range", she explained.

"There is no time for complacency", said Councillor Izzi Seccombe.

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The majority of these cases are in men, where figures have increased sharply from 135 in 2016 to 170 in 2017.

The Public Health England has also noted that there has been a decline in chlamydia testing by 61 percent since the year 2015.

"This government is presiding over a national crisis in sexual health, caused in large part by the decision to implement year-on-year cuts to the public health grant which funds sexual health services", Deborah Gold, the National Aids Trust chief executive, points out. They speculate that this reduction is not due to reduction in incidence of the infection but lack of testing.

It recommended that local authorities need to enable young women to be tested for chlamydia when they access contraceptive services, and stressed the importance of "statutory, high-quality" relationship and sex education in secondary schools.

According to Dr Gwenda Hughes, consultant scientist and head of the STI section at PHE, the long term health consequences of STIs are many.

Left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to complications including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Dr. Hughes said the best defense anyone has against these diseases is the consistent and correct use of condoms, especially with casual partners.