Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia, could become harder to treat

on Friday, 07 March 2014. Posted in Blog

Most people would agree that sexual health awareness is important for people of all ages. However, awareness of the key facts about the conditions, their mode of transmission and treatment is one thing - awareness of the how people are responding to this information is another.

The Health Protection Agency’s own figures confirm that in spite of increased sexual health awareness, there is a generally rising trend in Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) diagnoses in recent years. Whilst some of this may be due to increased community screening and improved sensitivity of testing - it is also appears to reflect increased prevalence. Young people 15-24 yrs continue to be the group most affected by STI’s.

In a recent study by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, 47% of the 65 participants admitted to having had unprotected sex within the last month and a further two thirds had never had a sexual health check. Many people are continuing to have unprotected sex and are not having sexual health checks - thereby risking their own health and exposing future sexual partners to the risk of a sexually transmitted infection.

Although it may not be a statistically representative study, it illustrates the importance of condoms as a method for protecting against sexually transmitted infections and it also perhaps provides an insight into why we continue to see an increase in sexually transmitted infection rates in the UK despite increased awareness.

In addition a piece on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on wednesday 19th February, drew attention to the fact that bacteria and viruses have the ability to build a resistance to the drugs used to tackle them. It would seem this is starting to occur with the treatment of STI’s.

In the future Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia, could become harder to treat due to this increased resistance. Without the availability of effective treatment, STIs could spread more rapidly and cause longer lasting damage to those suffering.

There is still scope for much improved rates of diagnoses through testing. Unless people get themselves tested quickly then they cannot be certain of precisely what problem they may have and what their treatment options are.

We offer the full range of GP supported, sexual health testing - with total privacy and confidentiality.

For all advice and information concerning sexual health and STI screening and for peace of mind, book an appointment at our Hampshire or London clinic by calling us on 01243 388712.

The Rising Challenge of STI's

on Friday, 21 February 2014. Posted in Blog

Most people would agree that sexual health awareness is important for people of all ages. However, awareness of the key facts about the conditions, their mode of transmission and treatment is one thing - awareness of the how people are responding to this information is another. The Health Protection Agency’s own figures confirm that in spite of increased sexual health awareness, there is a generally rising trend in Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) diagnoses in recent years. Whilst some of this may be due to increased community screening and improved sensitivity of testing - it is also appears to reflect increased prevalence. Young people 15-24 yrs continue to be the group most affected by STI’s.

In a recent study by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, 47% of the 65 participants admitted to having had unprotected sex within the last month and a further two thirds had never had a sexual health check. Many people are continuing to have unprotected sex and are not having sexual health checks - thereby risking their own health and exposing future sexual partners to the risk of a sexually transmitted infection.

Although it may not be a statistically representative study, it illustrates the importance of condoms as a method for protecting against sexually transmitted infections and it also perhaps provides an insight into why we continue to see an increase in sexually transmitted infection rates in the UK despite increased awareness.

In addition a piece on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on wednesday 19th February, drew attention to the fact that bacteria and viruses have the ability to build a resistance to the drugs used to tackle them. It would seem this is starting to occur with the treatment of STI’s.

In the future Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia, could become harder to treat due to this increased resistance. Without the availability of effective treatment, STIs could spread more rapidly and cause longer lasting damage to those suffering.

There is still scope for much improved rates of diagnoses through testing. Unless people get themselves tested quickly then they cannot be certain of precisely what problem they may have and what their treatment options are.

We offer the full range of GP supported, sexual health testing - with total privacy and confidentiality.

For all advice and information concerning sexual health and STI screening and for peace of mind, book an appointment at our Hampshire or London clinic by calling us on 01243 388712.

Drug resistant Gonorrhoea on the Rise, CDC claims

on Thursday, 16 May 2013. Posted in Blog

The number of treatment-resistant infections to the once curable disease, gonorrhoea, are on the rise according to the new guidance from the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gonorrhoea is an extremely common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the passing on of the Neisseria Gonorrhoea Bacterium. Although symptoms may not always be obvious, left untreated the disease can cause permanent and serious health problems for those infected; including infertility, and even an increase in a person’s risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS.

Although most cases of gonorrhoea can be cured, successful treatment of the infection is becoming more difficult. According to the CDC, the bacterium that causes the disease has undergone genetic mutations over time, increasing the bacteria’s resistance to penicillin and therefore making it harder to treat.

Fortunately, the majority of gonorrhoea related infections are still treatable, and early detection is crucial to preventing the risk of infertility and other serious health problems. Southdowns Private Healthcare offers discreet, fast screening for all sexually transmitted infections/diseases to hundreds of clients every year. Call 01243 388712 to arrange your test today.

 

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