Public Health England said in 2015, about 3,000 cases were diagnosed in London, representing the 56 percent of all cases in England (5042).
Syphilis, like other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which is transmitted through sexual activity, including oral sex.
PHE said. “Most cases of syphilis are treatable with antibiotics and can be prevented through safe sex practices, including using condoms regularly being tested and avoid sexual relations overlap
“in cases of syphilis continues to increase in recent years – since 2010, cases Londoners have soared by 163 percent – PHE is the awareness of syphilis and reminding Londoners to practice safe sex, preventing infection, “
official statistics have also revealed STI have soared perhaps in a group of unexpected age – . 45 years
syphilis has soared, with cases in middle age increasing by a staggering 74 percent between 2012 and 2014.
the STI has been diagnosed in the 33 local authorities in London and in 2015 most saw an increase in numbers.
Syphilis cases have been reported among heterosexuals and men who have sex with men (MSM).
This continuous increase in syphilis cases in the capital suggests that too many Londoners are putting at risk through unprotected sex
Although most syphilis cases are treatable with antibiotics, people may be infected and show no symptoms for years .; treatment is more effective syphilis diagnosed earlier and more awareness about the infection is needed.
Dr. Yvonne Doyle, regional director of PHE London, said: “the worsening sexual health remains one of the biggest problems London facing public health and is worrying to see such alarming increases in syphilis from year to year.
“most cases of syphilis are treatable with antibiotics and can be prevented if safe sex is practiced.
“We are seeing a large increase in syphilis cases among men who have sex with men and now represent 90 percent of syphilis cases in London.
“despite diagnoses among heterosexuals in the capital are more stable than they also remain higher than we would like, given the effective preventive measures in place.”
What it is the syphilis?
Syhpilis, which is caught by having sex with infected people, can be cured with antibiotics.
syphilis progresses through three main stages.
infection primary syphilis often occur three to four weeks after someone has been infected with the bacteria and individuals can develop a painless ulcer or rash – a duration of three to six weeks – in the genitals, rectum or inside of the mouth, people may not realize immediately.
secondary stage causes fever, headaches and night sweats.
latent and late-stage syphilis; if left untreated, it can progress at this stage of the ITS which is characterized by more severe complications and adverse health, including cardiovascular and central nervous diseases; it can even be fatal.