Newcastle is again the North East transmitted sexually transmitted infections, despite the number of new diagnoses last year.
The latest figures from Public Health England showed that in 2018, Newcastle West had discovered 3,061 new STI cases.
This is down from 3,505 cases in 2017, but is still working as 104 new STIs per 10,000 people living in the city – the highest in the North East at least the seventh year in a row.
Nowhere else in our region comes close to that rate, although Darlington is in place as well as a STI, and 751 diagnoses in the area last year – 71 for every 10,000 residents.
By contrast, Northumberland had the lowest rate of new STIs in the North East, with doctors diagnosing 1,540 cases in 2018 – 48 for every 100,000 people living there.
The only place in the North East is that there has been an increase in the number of TSIs being diagnosed in the past year, with the number rising from 1,503 cases in 2017.
The rest of the North East has a national trend which has increased STI diagnosis rates in most of England.
Across the country, there were 436,260 new diagnoses last year, or 78 for every 10,000 people.
This was up from 74 for every 10,000 in 2017 – the first increase seen in several years.
Experts say that the increase is in the context of funding cuts, and warn that resources in some areas are so resourceful that people are being removed from sexual health services.
Debbie Laycock, head of policy and public affairs at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “The latest STI statistics highlight the need for action to improve the nation's sexual health.
“Sexual health services are oversubscribed in many parts of the country and resources are unable to match demand, and as a result people are not seen.
“This cannot continue and that is why we have worked with local government and clinicians to put pressure on the government to fund services properly.
“Deaths affected the impact of funding funding on a report on sexual health, which indicated that there is now a risk of extending health inequalities facing some groups.
“BAME communities, young people, people living with HIV and gay and bisexual men continue to experience the highest proportion of new STIs.
“We need targeted interventions so that everyone can enjoy good sexual health.” T
The increase in new nationally observed STI diagnoses is particularly driven by significant increases in new cases of gonorrhea and syphilis.
Gonorrhea cases are at the highest level since the 1970s, although there are cases of syphilis at levels not seen since World War II.
Meanwhile, Central Government has seen £ 700m from public health budgets since 2014.
Dr Olwen Williams, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said: “The continuing increase in gonorrhea and civilis diagnoses must be addressed as an urgent health priority, or there may be disastrous consequences for the welfare of the general public. and the health system as a whole.
“Unfortunately, however, there have been real and adverse reductions in the funding of sexual health services in recent years, which has enabled us to meet these challenges at a critical time.
“The workforce issues they are currently experiencing have left the sector in decline.
“Therefore a clear commitment is required to ensure that the STI prevention agenda embedded across education, public health and the NSS is vital and we call on the government to implement the recommendations of the Health and Social Care Selection Committee. as soon as possible. ”
Chlamydia is by far the most prevalent TSI in England, with more than 218,000 new cases diagnosed nationwide in 2018.
Meanwhile, some 57,300 cases of genital warts, 56,500 gonorrhea cases, 33,900 cases were diagnosed and 7,500 cases of syphilis were detected during the year.
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