UK’s STI hotspots on the rise due to new super resistant gonorrhoea

New figures have revealed the UK's worst hotspots where randy Brits are most likely to give each other STIs.

Sexually transmitted infections are thought to be on the rise due to a super resistant strain of gonorrhoea.

Data from Public Health England has shown that there were 468,342 new cases of STIs across England in 2019.

That’s up 447,522 cases in 2018, and the highest number seen since 2012 when figures began, The Mirror reported.

The standout infection appears to be new cases of gonorrhoea, which shot up by 26% in the last year – from 56,232 to 70,936.

Gonorrhoea is a relatively common infection, and can sometimes be symptomless.

It is treated with antibiotics, and mainly spread through unprotected vaginal, or anal, sex.

Public Health England said the rise in STIs could be down to randy Brits not using condoms with new and casual partners.

New data has revealed the areas of England that are STI hotspots.

And the entire top ten is made up of parts of London.

Lambeth has the highest rates of new STI diagnoses in the country.

In the south London borough there have been 12,764 new cases, working out at 391 STI’s for every 10,000 people.

The rate in Lambeth is nearly five times as high as the national average.

Across England, there were 468,342 new diagnoses last year, or 83 for every 10,000 people.

The number of new STIs diagnosed nationally is up from 447,522 cases in 2018 – and a surge in gonorrhoea has prompted health officials to encourage safe sex.

Dr Hamish Mohammed, national lead for sexually transmitted infection surveillance at Public Health England, said: “The considerable rise of gonorrhoea cases in England, as well as the continued rise of other STIs, is concerning.

“It is important to emphasise that STIs can pose serious consequences to health – both your own and that of current and future sexual partners.

“We have seen that gonorrhoea has become more resistant to antibiotics and expect to see further cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea in the future, which will be challenging for healthcare professionals to manage.

“The consistent and correct use of condoms with new and casual sexual partners is the best defence against all STIs. If you have had sex without a condom with a new or casual partner, you should get tested.”

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