STIs up 36% in only four years
There has been a marked increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections or STIs in Belgium.
In 2011 5,364 cases of a sexually transmitted disease were recorded. The figure is up over 36% in comparison with 2008.
Sexually transmitted infections include syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Chlamydia is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. For a number of years now the disease has reached epidemic proportions in Belgium with a 15% rise in 2011 alone.
1,887 cases were registered in Flanders.The figure for Brussels is 1,278. 63% of patients were women.
Since 2002 cases of gonorrhea are up each year 14% on average. Most cases were diagnosed in Flanders: 472 in all. The figure for Brussels is 248. Male patients make up 78% of those affected.
Syphilis too is on the rise: 82% of patients are men. Here again most cases were diagnosed in Flanders: 347. The figure for Brussels is 257.
[Flandersnews.be / Expatica]