Number of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in North Somerset revealed
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 July 2019
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have declined in North Somerset, bucking the national trend.
In 2018, 699 people in the district were diagnosed with an STI, compared to 749 12 months before.
By comparison, nationally, infections rose by seven per cent.
There were 75 new cases of gonorrhoea in the area in 2018, down from 91 the previous year. A further 22 episodes were related to syphilis, four more than 2017.
The figures include all new STI cases diagnosed by sexual health services, excluding chlamydia in under-25s.
Dr Mark Lawton, of the British Association for Sexual Health, believes the rise in internet dating may explain the national rise.
He said: "Gonorrhoea is a marker of unprotected sexual activity. The use of dating apps is likely to be contributing to the increase in STIs seen nationwide, along with general changes in attitudes to sex."