Cases of syphilis – the sexually transmitted disease which left untreated can lead to meningitis and heart problems – have risen by a fifth in just one year.

Public Health England (PHE) said there were over 7,000 cases of the STI in 2017, with the vast majority among men who have sex with men.

The figures were released as an Australian study uncovered that the uptake of the HIV prevention drug PrEP was accompanied by an increase in unprotected sex.

Source: Syphilis cases up 20 per cent in one year – The Christian InstituteThe Christian Institute



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