I saw that the Health Protection Agency have released new figures about sexually transmitted diseases so thought I’d take a look at the data for South East London.
I’m not a statistician, and I’m very aware that I could be reading the results wrongly, but from what I could see it looks like there have been falls in across the board. This isn’t because fewer people are being seen, in fact if I read the table right there were some 6,000 more people seen by GUM clinics in our area than was the case in 2001.
Nationally the picture doesn’t look so good:
So if I’m right then South East London is (for once) bucking the trend. Nevertheless, Professor Borriello’s exhortation is clearly right:
“Today’s figures serve as a reminder for people to take responsibility for their own sexual health and that of their partners, and to use a condom with new and casual partners. Quick diagnosis is essential, so anyone who thinks they may have put themselves at risk of contracting an STI or has developed symptoms should seek advice from their GP or go to a GUM clinic as soon as possible.”
Here is a website that appears to have all the GUM clinics in the country.
Update – This report from last year gives me some hope that I’m right about the falling rates in South East London:
Over time, South East London SHA has generally had the highest rate of gonorrhoea diagnoses in GUM clinics, but in recent years it has also had one of the largest decreases in rates of diagnosis from 144/100 000 in 2003 to 115/100 000 in 2004 (-20%)…
The rate of syphilis diagnoses in London during 2004 (11/100 000) was the highest in England, due to an ongoing outbreak in the capital. Rates of infection across London SHAs have increased dramatically since 2000, and between 2003 and 2004, rose in all London SHAs except South East London.