Public Health Wales has published its latest annual report on transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Wales. The report, containing data up to the end of 2015, shows that there is continued transmission of STIs in Wales, however, there was a decrease in diagnosis of syphilis infections in men in Wales and a small decrease in new diagnoses of HIV in Wales, with 168 new cases by the end of 2015 compared to 186 reported in 2014.
Dr Daniel Thomas, an epidemiologist at the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre of Public Health Wales, said:
“While it is reassuring to see a levelling off in diagnoses of STIs or HIV in Wales in this latest data, we remain very concerned by some of the more recent trends that we see in sexually transmitted infections. Young people remain disproportionately affected by STIs – for example this report shows that around 1 per 1,000 people aged 15 to 24 in Wales were diagnosed with gonorrhoea, three times the rate in the population as a whole. We also remain concerned about late diagnosis of HIV. In 2015, more than a third of individuals diagnosed with HIV in the UK were diagnosed late. Every person who is diagnosed late, or remains undiagnosed, represents a missed opportunity for early treatment, and increases the risk of passing the virus on to others.”