Double the number of sex diseases and 4 times HIV rate in Islington

Islington Gazette
Jon Dean
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Double the normal rate of sexual diseases, four times the average HIV cases and significant increases in gonorrhoea and syphilis are all part of Islington’s poor sexual health, laid bare in a new report this week.

The document, went before an Islington Council Health and scrutiny Committee last Tuesday, reveals a whopping £8.6million goes on treating sexual health – a third of the borough’s public health budget.

A total of 1,949 per 100,000 people in Islington had Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in 2013 – the fifth highest in London.

The borough has also seen significant increases in STIs, particularly gonorrhoea, as well as syphilis and chlamydia.

For the five major STIs, not including HIV, Islington is in the top 10 per cent of local authorities nationally.

HIV is diagnosed at 8.5 per 1,000 residents aged 15 – 59, four times the national average of 2.1

Men who have sex with other men account for just under half of the STIs and 70 percent of HIV cases.

The borough has put itself forward for new initiatives to help diagnoses – online home HIV testing kits and giving anti-HIV drugs to those who don’t yet have the virus.

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