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A large increase in syphilis infection across Europe




There are more and more sexually transmitted sexually transmitted infections among the causes of an increase in infections. Photo: EPA

The number of confirmed cases of syphilis infection in Europe has grown by almost 70 percent since 2010 at the annual level. In 2017, the number of infections reached a record 33.189 oz. 7.1 cases of infections per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a new report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The number of infections with syphilis has been declining since the 1980s, also due to the onset of AIDS and the consequent promotion of safe sex.

"More and more of the syphilis infections we see in Europe is due to a number of factors. Among other things, people have sex without condoms and with multiple sexual partners, while also reducing the fear of HIV infection, " commented Andrew Amato-Gauci, an expert on sexually transmitted disease at the ECDC, Yahoo News reported.


Treponema pallidum bacteria under the microscope. Photo: AP

Most cases among young men

Most cases were detected among men aged between 25 and 34, 28 per 100,000 inhabitants. Among men, there were nine times more reported cases of syphilis than among women. Two thirds of the cases of syphilis have been found among men who have sex with men. Several cases of this sexually transmitted disease have been identified among living in urban environments.

The report covers data from 30 European countries – members of the European Union, including Slovenia, and Norway and Iceland – between 2007 and 2017. During this period, the ECDC recorded a total of more than 260,500 confirmed cases of syphilis.


Waxy doll with symptoms of syphilis shown. Photo: EPA

Growth in Iceland and Malta, a decline in Estonia and Romania

The number of infections has more than doubled over the last ten years in Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Germany and the United Kingdom, according to The Telegraph. In these countries, the record-breaking year in 2017 also recorded the most cases: in Iceland 15.4, in Malta 13.5 and in the UK 11.8 infections per 100,000 people. In Estonia and Romania, the number of cases halved.

Slovenia is one of the countries with few confirmed cases of syphilis. In 2017 cases were confirmed 48, representing 2.3 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants.

The disease is curable with timely action

Sifilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by treponema pallidum bacteria. If he does not heal, he can cause long-lasting complications and even death. It also causes the risk of newborn death. Symptoms and symptoms of syphilis vary, depending on the four stages in which it can be a disease. It can be greeted with a suitable antibiotic, but in late syphilis treatment does not affect the defects that have already occurred.

The World Health Organization warned last month that millions of people are infected with sexually transmitted diseases every day.


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