Sexual Health

on Thursday, 07 February 2013. Posted in blog

A recent report by the Health Protection Agency has shown that the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the UK is still rising. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection, particularly affecting younger people under the age of 25.

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is an infection caused by a bacterium (germ) called Chlamydia trachomatis. In women, chlamydial infection usually affects the cervix and uterus (the womb).


Drug resistant Gonorrhoea on the Rise, CDC claims

on Wednesday, 01 May 2013.

The number of treatment-resistant infections to the once curable disease, gonorrhoea, are on the rise according to the new guidance from the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Gonorrhoea is an extremely common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the passing on of the Neisseria Gonorrhoea Bacterium. Although symptoms may not always be obvious, left untreated the disease can cause permanent and serious health problems for those infected; including infertility, and even an increase in a person’s risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS. 

Although most cases of gonorrhoea can be cured, successful treatment of the infection is becoming more difficult. According to the CDC, the bacterium that causes the disease has undergone genetic mutations over time, increasing the bacteria’s resistance to penicillin and therefore making it harder to treat.

Fortunately, the majority of gonorrhoea related infections are still treatable, and early detection is crucial to preventing the risk of infertility and other serious health problems. Southdowns Private Healthcare offers discreet, fast screening for all sexually transmitted infections/diseases to hundreds of clients every year. Call 01243 388712 to arrange your test today.


Sexual Health Week 2014

on Friday, 19 September 2014. Posted in blog

Syphilis Outbreak & Raising Awareness

Two new outbreaks of the sexually transmitted infection (STI), syphilis, have been recently reported in the UK. For everyone working within the field of sexual health, this is deeply concerning. Despite the wealth of information available at the mere click of a button, still there has been a sharp rise in cases of syphilis since the late 1990s.

There has been a change of trend in the infection, and whilst in the past the infection was largely confined to older adults, particularly homosexual men, recent outbreaks have been amongst heterosexual teenagers. The majority of these cases were diagnosed at sexual health clinics. However, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV says there are likely to be other cases going unreported too.


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