Reducing the risk of a rising STI

Efforts to tackle a rise in what was a declining sexually transmitted infection (STI) are being led by Spectrum Community Health CIC to dispel misconceptions and reduce risk.

Once thought of as an old-school disease, Syphilis is becoming more prevalent across the UK with 7,000 cases reported in 2017 and a 20% rise in cases since 2016 according to Public Health England.

Spectrum delivers sexual health services for the Wakefield District and is highlighting the increased risk of Syphilis contracted through unprotected sexual contact.

Dr Tana Green, GUM Consultant, Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health said: “Syphilis is easily passed from one person to another through sexual contact, so anyone who is not using condoms is putting themselves at risk. If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious health problems in both men and women.”

Spectrum’s Wakefield central clinic offers STI testing, information, support and free condom distribution and is located at the Trinity Walk shopping centre, behind Asda Living.

Anna Hartley, Interim Director of Public Health, Wakefield Council said: “We are working with Spectrum to educate and encourage members of the public to have a better understanding of syphilis and how it can negatively affect their sexual health. The best way to stay safe is to get tested and use a condom.”

People aged 16-25 can get free condoms through the C-Card scheme and can register for free at https://www.c-card.org.uk/wakefield/c-card.html

You can learn more about syphilis and prevention services offered by Spectrum by visiting the Spectrum SHARP website: https://spectrumhealth.org.uk/campaigns/spotlight-on-syphilis/

Or you can book an appointment by calling the Spectrum Wakefield central clinic on 0800 121 4860.