British army riddled with nearly 3,000 STDs forcing some soldiers to resign
Almost 3,000 British servicemen have contracted a sexually transmitted disease in the past two years.
The military leads the way with 1,580 positive tests, ahead of the Royal Navy with 631 sick and the RAF with 510 – a total of 2,730, according to data from the Department of Defense.
But the real figure will be higher as many soldiers have reportedly been treated at an NHS clinic.
Official documents reveal: “It is Defense policy that Service personnel can choose to attend private sexual health and NHS clinics.
“Therefore, these numbers may not represent all staff who had an STI (infection) during the period. “
Data, for both men and women, revealed that 75 had HIV, 47 had gonorrhea, and 28 were being treated for syphilis.
Chlamydia was the most common complaint with 862 cases in 2020 and 2021. The disease, which can lead to infertility in both men and women, is one of the fastest growing STDs in the world. The disease is particularly prevalent in people under the age of 25,
It spreads quickly because symptoms may not appear for months after infection.
A total of 72 people suffered from the sexually transmitted form of hepatitis, 549 suffered from herpes, and 427 ward staff suffered from genital warts.
Military medics distribute condoms and warn of the dangers of STDs.
Some have left the forces because their condition will prevent them from fighting at the front.
Overall, infections have declined in the general population over the past two years. Largely, according to Public Health England [PHE], due to the impact of containment.
In 2020, sexual health services continued to diagnose hundreds of thousands of STIs after stepping up testing accessible through phone and internet consultations as well as face-to-face appointments for urgent or complex cases.
However, compared to 2019, consultations in sexual health services in 2020 decreased by 10%
Dr Katy Sinka, head of the sexually transmitted infections section at PHE, said:
“No one wants to trade social distancing for an STI, and since we appreciate the fact that national restrictions related to COVID-19 have been lifted, it is important that we continue to take care of our sexual health and well-being. .
“If you have sex with new or casual partners, use a condom and get tested – STIs can have serious consequences for your own health and that of your current or future sexual partners. “