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Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread in Denmark

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Europe   Syphilis incidences have grown

Increasing numbers people in Denmark are catching sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea.

The issue particularly affects younger demographics living in cities, newspaper Berlingske reports.

The trend has now persisted for a number of years, causing medical organisations to raise concern over the issue.

Medical journal Ugeskrift for Læger has described the situation as an “epidemic”, as has research institute SSI, which monitors the spread of infectious diseases.

Bjarne B. Christensen, general secretary with the Danish Family Planning Association (Sex og Samfund, DFPA), says that doctors’ views on the issue should be taken seriously.

“It is very concerning that we again this year have seen an increase in chlamydia as well as gonorrhoea and syphilis,” Christensen told Ritzau.

An increase in cases of gonorrhoea in Denmark was first recorded in 2015 and continued in 2016, the year of the most recent available figures.

In 2016, 3,748 cases of gonorrhoea were recorded by doctors, of which 2,036 were men and 1,442 were women. That represented a 27 percent increase in one year.

Syphilis incidences have grown from just 22 in 1999 to around 700 per year.

SSI is currently working on a report into the number of cases of all three diseases in 2017, but can already see that numbers have not fallen compared to 2016, according to Berlingske’s report.

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