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Between 2014 and 2018, the number of reported gonorrhea cases increased by 110 percent - from 4835 to 10,164. Pictured: bacteria that cause gonorrhea

The number of STDs has increased over the last four years, while the number of people who test positive for gonorrhea doubles

  • The number of reported sexually transmitted diseases has increased with NSW
  • The Gonorrhea and syphilis cases increased 110% and 79% respectively
  • The infections can cause infertility, meningitis and other health problems
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The number of sexually transmitted infections reported to NSW has risen in the last four years, despite the commitment of the state government to reduce cases.

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The three infections targeted by the NSW STI strategy 2016-2020 – gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis – have all experienced a major increase.

Between 2014 and 2018, the number of reported gonorrhea cases increased by 110 percent – from 4835 to 10,164.

During the same period, the number of reported cases of syphilis increased by 79% and the number of reported cases of chlamydia increased by 35%.

The infections can cause infertility, meningitis, birth defects in children and other serious health problems.

Between 2014 and 2018, the number of reported gonorrhea cases increased by 110 percent - from 4835 to 10,164. Pictured: bacteria that cause gonorrhea

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Between 2014 and 2018, the number of reported gonorrhea cases increased by 110 percent – from 4835 to 10,164. Pictured: bacteria that cause gonorrhea

NSW Health said that the peak in reports was partly due to increased and well-targeted testing, because the STDs can occur without symptoms and may not be reported.

Although the number of reports per 100 tests for chlamydia has remained stable over time, the percentage of gonorrhea has risen by 60 percent since 2014.

The same size is not registered for syphilis.

& # 39; NSW Health is committed to reducing the incidence of STDs and is currently investing $ 21.9 million in services to strengthen HIV and STD testing, treatment and prevention, including $ 1, 5 million in sexual health programs & # 39; s for young people aged 16-29 & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson for the department. .

The infections can cause infertility, meningitis, birth defects in children and other serious health problems
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The infections can cause infertility, meningitis, birth defects in children and other serious health problems

The infections can cause infertility, meningitis, birth defects in children and other serious health problems

One of the strategies is to encourage GPs to include STD screening as part of routine care, he said.

The STD strategy, launched in 2016 by the then health minister Jillian Skinner, hoped that prevention programs and more tests aimed at vulnerable population groups would reduce the spread of STDs.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has rejected the request for comment.

WHAT IS GONORRHEA

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Gonorrhea (sometimes known as & # 39; the blow & # 39;) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria in the neisseria gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can infect the throat, anus, urethra (urinary tract), cervix (cervix) and eyes.

If not treated, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems, including skin, joint infections and brain coverage (meningitis).

Untreated gonorrhea in women can lead to a long-term infection of the uterus and tubes called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and this can cause infertility (inability to conceive).

Symptoms for men include discharge from the penis, irritation or pain when urinating, redness around the opening of the penis, anal discharge or discomfort, conjunctivitis and eye inflammation.

Symptoms for women are unusual vaginal discharge, irregular vaginal bleeding, pain when urinating, pelvic pain, especially during sex, anal discharge or discomfort, conjunctivitis and eye inflammation.

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Source: NSW Health

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