Syphilis is on the up in England.

Cases of syphilis reported in England have reached the highest level since 1949, according to new data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) released Tuesday by Public Health England.

Syphilis cases of sexually transmitted infections in 2017 were up 20% from the previous year, according to the report, and gonorrhea cases also increased by 22%. The report said that young heterosexual people aged 15-24 along with black ethnic minorities and LGBT men remain most at risk of STIs.

Public Health England concluded their report with a call for stronger local and national prevention and care services, and more sexual health education in secondary schools. They also urged sexually active people to get tested regularly, especially the most vulnerable age and ethnic groups.

“Consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners is the best defense against STIs.” Dr Hughes said.

Dr.Gwenda Hughes, Head of the STI section at Public Health England

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