REVEALED: Number of people diagnosed with STIs in North Somerset
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The number of cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in North Somerset has declined, bucking a national trend.
In 2018, 699 people in the district were diagnosed with an STI, compared to 749 in 2017 - while 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 STIs cases diagnosed by sexual health services, excluding chlamydia in under 25s.
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Dr Mark Lawton, of the British Association for Sexual Health, 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."
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