STIs up 36% in only four years

20th March 2013, Comments 0 comments

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.

STIs up 36% in only four years

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]

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