Health body reveals major rise in syphilis cases in Ireland

Health body reveals major rise in syphilis cases in Ireland

There has been a 22% increase in the number of people treated for syphilis.

Health chiefs revealed there had been a significant rise in the disease over the course of last year and warned that the final number is likely to be higher when the files of more patients are reviewed in the coming months.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said four out of five cases were reported among men who have sex with other men.

Its report revealed there were 249 cases of early infectious syphilis last year - only 10 of those involved women and more than half were in people aged under 34.

The data from the Health Service Executive's HPSC unit, which was published on its website, also showed infection rates in the east of the country ran at about 10 in every 100,000 people - around twice the national rate.

Health body reveals major rise in syphilis cases in Ireland

The most common sexually transmitted disease is still chlamydia, which can cause infertility, with 6,815 cases reported last year.

There were 1,305 cases of gonorrhoea, a slight decrease, and 1,275 cases of genital herpes, a 13% increase, the report said.

The HPSC also warned that young people and men who have sex with men continue to bear the burden of sexually transmitted infections.

It said that half of the recorded chlamydia cases were among those aged 15-24 and more than 70% of cases of gonorrhoea, lymphgranuloma venereum and early infectious syphilis, where mode of transmission was recorded, were among sexually active gay men.

"Safer sex practices and regular testing are key to the prevention," the HPSC said.

The HPSC also noted that the first outbreak in Ireland of sexually transmitted enteric infection involving contact with bacteria from the intestine or faeces was reported last November with 32 cases linked to it.

More in this Section

Recently uncovered love letter reveals director's 'schoolboy crush' on Maureen O'HaraRecently uncovered love letter reveals director's 'schoolboy crush' on Maureen O'Hara

Over 7,500 children waiting more than a year for occupational therapy assessmentOver 7,500 children waiting more than a year for occupational therapy assessment

Service commemorates British Army’s deployment in Northern IrelandService commemorates British Army’s deployment in Northern Ireland

Funeral of Roy Keane's father Mossie hears he 'was very proud of all his children'Funeral of Roy Keane's father Mossie hears he 'was very proud of all his children'


Lifestyle

Five things for the week ahead with Des O'Driscoll.Five things for the week ahead

From Liverpool’s beat-pop to Bristol’s trip-hop, Irish writer Karl Whitney explains the distinctive musical output of individual cities in the UK, writes Marjorie Brennan.Sounds of the City: The musical output of individual UK cities

As landlords’ enclosures of villages and commonages during England’s industrial revolution drove landless countrymen into the maws of the poet William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills”, a romantic nostalgia for the countryside began to grow.Damien Enright: Great writers took inspiration from walking

Take no risks, ‘do all the right things’, and you’ll lead a comfortable, but dull, existence. ‘Living dangerously’, on the other hand, yields ‘highs’ of excitement usually followed, alas, by pain andRichard Collins: Live fast and die young or last up to 500 years

More From The Irish Examiner