A total of 1,071 people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infection chlamydia in Southampton

City one of the worst places in the country for chlamydia

City one of the worst places in the country for chlamydia

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

SOUTHAMPTON remains one of the worst places in the country for cases of chlamydia, new figures have revealed.

According to Public Health England, just over 18,000 new cases of sexually transmitted infections were recorded in Hampshire and the wider Wessex area last year, a drop of 1,000 on the previous annual total.

The figures come a year after the launch of the Keep Calm and Get Tested campaign by Solent NHS Trust and the Daily Echo to raise awareness of the infection and encourage screenings.

Chlamydia, which can cause infertility if untreated, was found in 1,071 people in 2013, up from 1,007 in 2012.

And the new figures reveal a massive 745 cases were found in those aged 16-24, or around 75 per cent of the total.

Meanwhile Portsmouth was closest to Southampton's total with 1,005 cases while Bournemouth reported 901.

Solent, which provides free, confidential specialist sexual health advice, said the figures show more people are using their services.

Dr David Rowen, Clinical Director for Sexual Health Services at the Trust, said: “These figures underline the importance of promoting sexual health at any opportunity.

"As a provider of sexual health services across Hampshire, we are encouraged by the numbers of people who are accessing services - and we see the slight increase in those testing positive as a direct result of our campaigns to raise awareness of sexually transmitted infections and signposting to our clinics for testing.

"We continue to find new and innovative ways to engage with residents, regardless of age, to help them make better decisions about their sexual health.”

He added media campaigns like Keep Calm and Get Tested were vital to encourage people to take proper precautions.

Dr Rowen added: “Tackling the spread of sexually transmitted infections is a challenge that requires partnership working, and as a local NHS organisation leading on the provision of Sexual Health Services, we are ready, willing and able to work with like-minded organisations.”

Meanwhile sexual health service provider Marie Stopes urged for more information to be taught in schools to avoid infections.

Director of policy Genevieve Edwards said: "If we want to see the rate of infections coming down in the future, we must put good quality, age appropriate relationships and sex education on the national curriculum now. It's high time we gave all young people the skills and confidence to enjoy healthy relationships.

“With almost half a million infections diagnosed last year, the message remains the same whatever your age. Have fun but stay safe, and stay healthy. Remember condoms can protect against infections and unwanted pregnancy.”

But figures for other STIs - gonorrhoea, herpes, warts and syphilis - were all lower in Southampton than in 2012.

Just nine cases of syphilis were discovered in the city last year and 383 of genital warts, 61 less than the previous year.

And the city saw a slight overall drop in all new STI cases from 2,501 in 2012 to 2,430.

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5:46am Wed 18 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Chlamydia i thought that was a greek island. Wont be going there then.
Chlamydia i thought that was a greek island. Wont be going there then. Woolston ollie
  • Score: -3

7:04am Wed 18 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Another thing for saints fans to be able to say were better than Pompey at
Another thing for saints fans to be able to say were better than Pompey at Zexagon
  • Score: 9

7:30am Wed 18 Jun 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

skank meisters.
skank meisters. SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 7

7:34am Wed 18 Jun 14

plastic_fantastic says...

Hmmmmm not something to shout about
Hmmmmm not something to shout about plastic_fantastic
  • Score: 8

7:54am Wed 18 Jun 14

Hastagger says...

Really the measure should be cases per thousand, otherwise it is a meaningless comparison.
Really the measure should be cases per thousand, otherwise it is a meaningless comparison. Hastagger
  • Score: 8

8:11am Wed 18 Jun 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

Hastagger wrote:
Really the measure should be cases per thousand, otherwise it is a meaningless comparison.
roughly ,one in a hundred and fifty is infected .not good .
[quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: Really the measure should be cases per thousand, otherwise it is a meaningless comparison.[/p][/quote]roughly ,one in a hundred and fifty is infected .not good . SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 6

8:48am Wed 18 Jun 14

Solent Soul says...

Well done Southern Daily Echo, another great promotional advert for the cruise capital of the country..
Well done Southern Daily Echo, another great promotional advert for the cruise capital of the country.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 5

8:55am Wed 18 Jun 14

camerajuan says...

People need to remember that this is RECORDED cases of the STI.

I'm willing to bet that a very high number aren't recorded.
People need to remember that this is RECORDED cases of the STI. I'm willing to bet that a very high number aren't recorded. camerajuan
  • Score: 6

8:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

Given that Southampton has a very young population - given the large numbers of students living here - it is not surprising that the number of people diagnosed with chlamydia is higher than other cities with an older population profile.

I was interested in the reported reduction in the number of other sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and this is surely good news and something worthy of praise.
Given that Southampton has a very young population - given the large numbers of students living here - it is not surprising that the number of people diagnosed with chlamydia is higher than other cities with an older population profile. I was interested in the reported reduction in the number of other sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and this is surely good news and something worthy of praise. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 4

10:08am Wed 18 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

I don't know about the "Keep Calm and Get Tested campaign"
Montgomery put it far more succinctly and helpfully
"Some of you men have been putting your private parts where a gentleman would not put the ferrule of his umbrella"
Don't do it. The day will soon come when antibiotics don't work and your bits'll just rot off.
I don't know about the "Keep Calm and Get Tested campaign" Montgomery put it far more succinctly and helpfully "Some of you men have been putting your private parts where a gentleman would not put the ferrule of his umbrella" Don't do it. The day will soon come when antibiotics don't work and your bits'll just rot off. Dai Rear
  • Score: 5

1:06pm Wed 18 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

City of CLAP ! Much better than city of CR *P , at least we are sociable and dont have a FISHY smell .
City of CLAP ! Much better than city of CR *P , at least we are sociable and dont have a FISHY smell . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
Given that Southampton has a very young population - given the large numbers of students living here - it is not surprising that the number of people diagnosed with chlamydia is higher than other cities with an older population profile.

I was interested in the reported reduction in the number of other sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and this is surely good news and something worthy of praise.
Quite. The Echo has seized on the one stat that shows an increase when it could just as easily focused on the positive decline. But no, being the Echo we can't expect anything but constant negativity.
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: Given that Southampton has a very young population - given the large numbers of students living here - it is not surprising that the number of people diagnosed with chlamydia is higher than other cities with an older population profile. I was interested in the reported reduction in the number of other sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and this is surely good news and something worthy of praise.[/p][/quote]Quite. The Echo has seized on the one stat that shows an increase when it could just as easily focused on the positive decline. But no, being the Echo we can't expect anything but constant negativity. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 3

4:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

bigfella777 says...

The great unwashed having unprotected sex then not washing and having more sex
No better than animals
The great unwashed having unprotected sex then not washing and having more sex No better than animals bigfella777
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Wed 18 Jun 14

RomseyKeith says...

Maybe this speaks well of people in Southampton for getting tested. Maybe in other cities, most are content to try and ignore that nasty itchy burning sensation whilst still putting it about.
Still pretty skank though. Who says romance is dead? Well, this report for one. Why romance when you can just put it about? Gross.
Maybe this speaks well of people in Southampton for getting tested. Maybe in other cities, most are content to try and ignore that nasty itchy burning sensation whilst still putting it about. Still pretty skank though. Who says romance is dead? Well, this report for one. Why romance when you can just put it about? Gross. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 2

10:45pm Wed 18 Jun 14

_watchman says...

Don't worry about this, haven't you heard that a fire alarm went off in a hotel in the city ?
Don't worry about this, haven't you heard that a fire alarm went off in a hotel in the city ? _watchman
  • Score: 1

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