New Figures See Rise in STI's for Gay & Bisexual Men

Publish Date: 10/06/2013

Key findings released from Public Health England (PHE), released on 5th June include;

·         Gay and bisexual men are making up 79% of all syphilis cases in England

·         A 37% rise in gonorrhoea among MSM.

·          MSM also make up 58% of gonorrhoea cases in the country – a total of 10,754 men were diagnosed with the bacteria

·         Chlamydia and genital warts are 8% higher and syphilis diagnoses have risen by 5%.

 PHE said in a statement: ‘Although partly due to increased testing in this population, ongoing high levels of unsafe sexual behavior probably contributed to this rise.’

Stacey Adams, Sexual Health Manager at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation said “From previous data sets, we can see rates have gone up in almost every STI between 2009 and 2012, regardless of sexuality.

“Increased promotion, especially for at risk populations which include men who have sex with men, have resulted in increased numbers of people testing, therefore more infections are being found, and treated – which is a positive thing.

"We urge all men who have sex with men to regularly test and ensure they know their HIV status, as well as having safer sex by using condoms"

For more information and  advice about testing visit http://www.lgf.org.uk/testing