Sexual health: Number of people catching STIs in Bucks revealed as ‘super gonorrhea’ spreads
Health chiefs are warning people to take extra precautions after a series of ‘super gonorrhea’ cases.
There have been four cases of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, an antibiotic-resistant version of the sexually transmitted infection (STI), identified across England.
The UK Health Security Agency revealed this month that a woman in her 20s in London and a heterosexual couple in their 20s based in the Midlands were the latest to be diagnosed.
The first identified case was a heterosexual man in his early twenties, who caught the infection in London in November.
Cases of other STIs are also on the rise, health bosses have warned.
How many people have had super gonorrhea in Bucks
Fortunately, only a handful of antibiotic-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae (also known as super gonorrhea) have so far been identified in London and the Midlands. It is not known to which local authorities these cases relate.
But STIs, including the more common version of gonorrhea, are not uncommon among the Bucks.
According to the most recent data available from Public Health England (now replaced by the UK Health Security Agency), 228 people were diagnosed with gonorrhea in 2020.
This is a rate of 41.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
There have also been many cases of other STIs like genital warts and syphilis.
The figures show that there were 709 diagnoses of Chlamydia, 299 diagnoses of genital warts, 168 diagnoses of genital herpes and 32 diagnoses of syphilis.
Overall, there were 1,940 STI diagnoses in 2020. This represents a rate of 354.6 new infections per 100,000 people.
In the Southeast region, there were 21,162 cases of Chlamydia, 4,327 cases of genital warts, 2,954 cases of genital herpes and 783 diagnoses of syphilis.
What are the symptoms of super gonorrhea and how to avoid getting it?
Health experts are urging residents of Bucks to protect themselves and get tested regularly to limit the risk of contracting the infection or any other STIs.
Dr Katy Sinka, head of the UK Health Safety Agency’s (UKHSA) STI section, said: “After a few years without a single case of this difficult to treat form of gonorrhea, we have now seen four cases in the past few years. last two months…
“It’s too early to tell if this will be the start of a longer-term trend, but we know STIs are on the rise in general.
“Getting an STI isn’t as simple as taking medicine and going on with your life – if not treated properly, it can have long-lasting effects on your health and that of your partner.
“Adding antibiotic resistance into the mix makes the impact on your life even greater.
“There are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of gonorrhea and other STIs.
“Use condoms consistently and correctly with all new or casual partners, get tested regularly for STIs, and if you have symptoms such as unusual discharge, don’t have sex until you’ve been tested. .”