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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) syphilis, (b) HIV infection and (c) gonorrhoea have been diagnosed in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years. (257541)

Data on diagnoses of syphilis, HIV and gonorrhoea in genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics are only collected by strategic health authority (SHA). Data for syphilis, HIV and gonorrhoea for England and the North East SHA since 1998 to 2007, the latest year for which figures are available, are given in the following table.

Infection

Area of diagnoses

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

HIV

England

2,659

2,952

3,651

4,835

5,945

6,926

7,065

7,161

6,822

7,109

North East1

23

31

39

54

99

149

141

154

133

160

Syphilis

England

131

211

322

717

1,196

1,538

2,034

2,491

2,422

2,437

North East

7

5

2

2

17

67

92

80

87

122

Gonorrhoea

England

12,535

15,549

20,494

22,398

24,357

23,492

20,779

17,702

17,309

17,202

North East

409

616

593

545

744

666

588

554

482

453

1 Includes individuals diagnosed in the North East, where smaller geography is not reported.

2 Figures between 1 to 4 have been masked to protect deductive disclosure in accordance with Office for National Statistics guidelines.

Notes:

HIV

1. Numbers will rise as further reports are received.

2. Diagnoses are from reports received to end June 2008.

3. Data include individuals who have an existing infection as well as those who have a newly acquired infection and therefore the data do not present incidence of infection.

4. Areas when presented are area of diagnoses and not of residence, there is evidence that a large proportion of individuals are diagnosed outside of their PCT of residence.

Syphilis and Gonorrhoea

1. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are for diagnoses made in GUM clinics only. Diagnoses made in other clinical settings, such as general practice, are not recorded in the KC60 dataset.

2. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are the number of diagnoses made, not the number of patients diagnosed.

3. The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.

4. Data are unavailable for 2008.

5. Syphilis figures include diagnoses of primary and secondary infection only.

Source:

Health Protection Agency, HIV and AIDS new diagnoses and KC60 returns.