Dramatic increase in gonorrhea among Swedish women as sexually remitted diseases becomes a concern in this countrySaturday, 07 May 2011
Sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and syphilis are increasingly common among Swedish women. The number of cases of gonorrhea has shot up by 57 percent last year.
Last year, 842 Swedes were found to be infected with gonorrhea, more than half of them in the county of Stockholm. There is an increase of 38 percent compared to 2009, among women the increase was 57 percent reports radio Sweden.
“What the growth is attributed to is hard to say, other than that it is clear that women are not afraid to be with new partners without protection, "said Inga Velicko, epidemiologist in the Infectious Diseases Institute to radio Sweden.
She points out that the spread of sexually transmitted diseases are intimately linked to a changing is risk behaviour. A study among young people recently showed that fewer are using condoms, another contributing factor may be that fear of HIV has declined.
“HIV is seen as a chronic disease and not something people can die from any longer. So people are not so afraid anymore, "said Inga Velicko.
“It is also common practice to not have any symptoms and therefore they do not know if others are infected.”
Even among homosexual men, men gonorrhea cases have also increased significantly.
The number of syphilis cases is increasing steadily, last year it was up ten percent, while the number of reported cases of chlamydia last year, declined.
Velicko is now advocating for more major information campaign, especially in schools, about the importance of using condoms.
The heavy reliance on the talk of sexually transmitted diseases in the third world countries and Africa in particular has made the authorities and the public to forget that such vices are also rife here. A heavy information ad campaign with strong stress on the dangers is therefor required.