Sexual infections on the rise in Belgium

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17 February 2004, BRUSSELS – The number of people in Belgium contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and chlamydia is rising alarmingly, La Derniere Heure newspaper reported on Tuesday.

17 February 2004

BRUSSELS – The number of people in Belgium contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and chlamydia is rising alarmingly, La Derniere Heure newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Citing new figures from Belgium's scientific public health institute (ISP), the newspaper said doctors across the country were reporting a rise in the number of cases of many STDs.

The ISP blamed unsafe sexual practices for the bulk of the increase, saying fewer and fewer men were using condoms during sex.

The figures showed that some people as young as 14 are now catching sexually transmitted diseases, although the average age is around 34.

For men the most common STD is syphilis, which can be hard to identify in its early stages but that can lead to serious neurological and heart problems as it develops.

Women are most at risk from chlamydia and trichomonase, an illness that can lead to extremely painful discharges and cause secondary infections.

The health authorities in the Netherlands and the USA have also noticed similar increases in STD levels.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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