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GONORRHOEA cases among gay men who live in inner-city Sydney have increased significantly and are now at a four-year high, according to recent NSW public health surveillance data.
The data, which was provided to the Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action (STIGMA) group, relates to gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM) who have attended sexual health clinics in inner city Sydney.
It stated that there were 1204 gonorrhoea notifications among this particular group of men in 2010, while in 2013, there were 2268 notifications.
The data for 2014 isn’t finalised yet, but an ACON spokesperson has stated that it they already suggest a further — albeit smaller — increase.
Karen Price, the chair of STIGMA and ACON’s HIV and sexual health director, has expressed concern at the “continuing high rates” of STIs among gay and MSM residents in inner-Sydney, “especially the significant increases in gonorrhoea” compared to the last few years.
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