IN 2013, doctors registered 1,055 cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in Slovakia, amounting to a year-on-year drop of 87 cases, the TASR newswire reported, citing the figures published on July 28 by the National Centre for Medical Information (NCZI).

"The improvement is mostly due to fewer patients suffering from syphilis as well as those suffering from other STDs,” NCZI spokesman Peter Bubla said as quoted by TASR. “The only exception to this trend is in gonococcal infections - gonorrhea. In this category, the numbers rose year-on-year by 67 cases.”

It was mostly men (683) who were diagnosed with STDs, with gonorrhea detected in 243 cases.

"The largest number of patients was reported in Nitra and Trnava regions and, conversely, the lowest numbers were in Banská Bystrica and Prešov regions,” Bubla said as quoted by TASR. “In total, there were 192 men and 51 women suffering from gonorrhea, with most patients being in the 25-34 (110 cases) age group."

The number of gonorrhoea cases in 2013 was the highest since 1995. Head of the dermatovenerology department of the Trnava hospital, Monika Psotová, ascribes this, among other things, to larger mobility of Slovaks greater contact with internationals, the Sme daily reported. Automotive plants contribute to the increased number of gonorrhoea cases too, since a lot of people from various parts of Slovakia as well as abroad work there, Psotová maintains.

Syphilis was recorded in 252 cases, a figure corresponding to a year-on-year drop of 50 patients.

Most syphilis cases were diagnosed in Bratislava and Košice regions, whereas the lowest numbers were seen in Prešov, Banská Bystrica and Žilina regions. The majority of patients were single.

In the category of other STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes and HIV/AIDS, a total of 559 cases were reported, a year on year drop of 104 cases.

Source: TASR, Sme

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