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Infectious Diseases: Hertfordshire

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 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) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years. (258321)

Data on diagnoses of syphilis, HIV and gonorrhoea in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics are only collected by strategic health authority (SHA). Data for syphilis, HIV and gonorrhoea for England and the East of England 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

East of England

90

103

184

320

498

551

599

543

540

520

Syphilis

England

131

211

322

717

1,196

1,538

2,034

2,491

2,422

2,437

East of England

7

25

31

19

36

78

88

82

81

67

Gonorrhoea

England

12,535

15,549

20,494

22,398

24,357

23,492

20,779

17,702

17,309

17,202

East of England

568

722

896

1,001

1,041

1,251

1,223

947

839

820

Notes:

1. HIV:

Numbers will rise as further reports are received.

Diagnoses are from reports received to end June 2008.

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.

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

2. Syphilis and Gonorrhoea:

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.

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

The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.

Data are unavailable for 2008.

Syphilis figures include diagnoses of primary and secondary infection only.

Source:

Health Protection Agency, HIV and AIDS new diagnoses and KC60 Returns