Gonorrhoea in England on the increase
- By: Siân Knight
The incidence of gonorrhoea in England rose steeply between 1998 and 1999, according to initial figures released last month by the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS). Reported diagnoses of the disease increased by 26% in men and by 30% in women, although a much bigger increase occurred in the group aged 16-19 years, which showed a rise of 52% in young men and 39% in young women. The rise in the incidence of disease occurred in all regions of England, with the exception of the south east, where an 8% drop in cases of gonorrhoea among women was recorded.
The PHLS collects data on sexually transmitted infection from genitourinary medicine clinics throughout England. The incidence of gonorrhoea has been rising since 1994, but the preliminary figures for last year show the biggest increase for five years. The final number for reported cases of gonorrhoea will not be collected until later