A new report from Public Health England (PHE) identified 420,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in England in 2017. While the overall rates of STIs remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016, there was a 20% increase in syphilis (from 5,955 cases in 2016 to 7,137 cases in 2017).
Across all STIs, the highest rates of diagnoses continue to be seen in 16 to 24 year olds. Other data published within the report show a fall in rates of genital warts, reflecting the widespread uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in girls aged 12 to 13. The report also indicates an 8% decline in chlamydia testing and 2% drop in chlamydia diagnoses in 15 to 24 year olds. However, there was a 22% rise in cases of gonorrhea in 2017 compared to 2016 (from 36,577 in 2016 to 44,676 in 2017).
Source: PHE, 5 June 2018