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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