Ireland: Sexually Transmitted Infection Figures Spark Plea for Safe Sex
February 7, 2003
A report from the National Disease Surveillance Center says the number of people contracting STDs increased by 10 percent over a six-month period in Ireland last year. Syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia showed the sharpest rise. Between January and June, there were 2,440 cases of STDs, with the majority -- 1,299 -- among men. The highest incidence, almost 29 percent, was within the 20- to 29-year-old group, followed by those ages 30-39. Dr. Mary Cronin, the center's specialist in public health medicine, said factors contributing to the rise in reported STDs included increased testing for chlamydia and greater public and professional awareness.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.