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Health information authority: STD cases rise in Slovakia

Slovakia saw 1,142 recorded cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in 2012, amounting to a year-on-year rise of 105 cases, the National Centre for Health Information (NCZI) spokesman Peter Bubla said on July 16.

Slovakia saw 1,142 recorded cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in 2012, amounting to a year-on-year rise of 105 cases, the National Centre for Health Information (NCZI) spokesman Peter Bubla said on July 16.

"While the number of those suffering from syphilis declined slightly year-on-year, growth was recorded in cases of gonorrhea and other STDs," said Bubla, as quoted by the TASR newswire. A total of 302 patients, mostly aged 25-34, were reported to have syphilis in Slovakia in 2012, which equals a year-on-year drop of 15 cases. "There were 124 females, 34 of whom were pregnant," added Bubla.

The highest numbers of syphilis patients were diagnosed in Bratislava and Košice Regions, whereas the lowest were located in Banská Bystrica and Prešov Regions. There were 176 cases of gonorrhoea – which amounts to year-on-year growth of 21. Most of these were diagnosed in Nitra Region, while Žilina Region fared best. As with syphilis, the majority of patients were aged 25-34.

As for other STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes and HIV/AIDS, there were 663 cases in 2012, representing year-on-year growth of 99 cases. "A high incidence of other STDs was reported in younger age groups: 213 cases with 15-24-year-olds and 238 cases with 25-34-year-olds," Bubla stated.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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