Gonorrhoea, syphilis rates jump among young Australians

Report uncovers some worrying statistics on sexual health

The rate of gonorrhoea has increased by 63% in the past five years, particularly among young, urban heterosexuals, according to a new report on sexual health and blood-borne viruses.

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Until recently, the disease was rare in this group.

Other worrying findings in the report by the University of NSW’s Kirby Institute include a resurgence of infectious syphilis among young Indigenous Australians and a relatively high rate of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in this group.

The chlamydia rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is three times higher

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