Europe Witnesses 70% Higher Syphilis Rates due to Riskier Male Sex


Health specialists concluded on Friday that the rate of syphilis exploded in the recent decade and outnumbered the  new cases of AIDS in many countries.

The disease became a public concern as only last month have been around a million people catching the infection, says the World Health Organization.

The increases in syphilis infections that we see across Europe … are a result of several factors, such as people having sex without condoms and multiple sexual partners, combined with a reduced fear of acquiring HIV, said Andrew Amato-Gauci, an ECDC expert on sexually transmitted infections.

When lacking proper treatment, it has severe consequences, resulting in newborn deaths and stillbirths. It also sores the chances to pass the infection to healthy people. Syphilis provoked a global baby loss in 2016

The reported cases of syphilis multiplied with more than 70% since 2010, stated the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The year 2017 had the highest rate in this matter, with more than 33,000 known cases. Responsible for the heightened rate is unprotected sex and riskier sexual behavior in gay relations.

Eastern Europe Stays Safe

Between 2007 and 2017, more than 260,000 syphilis cases showed up in 30 countries.

Not every country deals with an alarming incidence. For example, Romania and Estonia cut the number at half while the rates in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, and Malta doubled.

The reports between 2007 and 2017 say that are almost two-thirds driven by male gay relations while 23 percent are due to heterosexual men, and 15 percent for women.

The number of diagnosed transgender relations fluctuated under 20 percent in Romania, Lithuania, and Latvia and up to 80 percent in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Britain.

Amato-Gauci warns that complacency in gay sexual relation regarding the use of condoms has the main culprit in STIs (sexually transmitted infections). He stressed the importance of sexual protection for both casual and new partners.



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