Health concerns as syphilis figures rise in Herefordshire

Herefordshire had the highest rate of diagnosed syphilis in the West Midlands last year.

Herefordshire had the highest rate of diagnosed syphilis in the West Midlands last year.

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HEREFORDSHIRE has the highest rate of syphilis cases in the West Midlands, a report has found.

A total of 18 people were diagnosed in the county last year, according to data conducted by the West Midlands Enhanced Syphilis Surveillance Scheme (ESSS).

Herefordshire was also top in 2011 with 18 cases and second in 2012 with 11.

A campaign has now been launched by Herefordshire Council's public health department and Wye Valley's NHS Trust's integrated sexual health (iSH) service to try and highlight the problem.

Dr Catherine Chima-Okereke, sexual health consultant at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said that women are just as much at risk as men.

"Anyone who has had unprotected sex, especially oral sex, is at risk of syphilis, as well as other sexually transmitted infections," she said.

"Syphilis is infectious in its early stages, although there are often no symptoms, so you wouldn't even know if you had it.

"Left untreated, it can cause serious health problems and permanent damage to many organs, including the eyes, heart and brain.

"The only way that you can prevent catching or spreading the infection is to avoid sexual contact.

"Condoms used correctly and consistently every time you have sex will reduce your risk of catching STI's, including syphilis and HIV, so it is important that you use a new condom every time you have sex, and that includes oral sex."

Free confidential testing, without an appointment, is available at the sexual health clinic in Gaol Street, Hereford, from 9am to 11am Monday to Friday. Appointments can be booked by calling 01432 378915.

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3:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Hereford person says...

Not a surprise these days, some youngsters have no guidance from parent or parents and are left to do what they like. They are left to go out to all hours, watch disgusting films very often with a parent and in some cases get drunk.
They attend school when they want then the parent blames the school, social workers or the police when they go wrong. They start their sex lives at a very early age, so just watch the Kyle show and hear these parents with their children.
Now these kids are growing up but are severely immature what are they to do in life along with their offsprings. What's the answer to this out of control problem.
Not a surprise these days, some youngsters have no guidance from parent or parents and are left to do what they like. They are left to go out to all hours, watch disgusting films very often with a parent and in some cases get drunk. They attend school when they want then the parent blames the school, social workers or the police when they go wrong. They start their sex lives at a very early age, so just watch the Kyle show and hear these parents with their children. Now these kids are growing up but are severely immature what are they to do in life along with their offsprings. What's the answer to this out of control problem. Hereford person
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Fri 21 Mar 14

A.Non01 says...

Hereford person wrote:
Not a surprise these days, some youngsters have no guidance from parent or parents and are left to do what they like. They are left to go out to all hours, watch disgusting films very often with a parent and in some cases get drunk.
They attend school when they want then the parent blames the school, social workers or the police when they go wrong. They start their sex lives at a very early age, so just watch the Kyle show and hear these parents with their children.
Now these kids are growing up but are severely immature what are they to do in life along with their offsprings. What's the answer to this out of control problem.
All of this is true though, but in the context of this story, the rise of syphilis in our county is largely down to increased incidents amongst groups that indulge in casual and random acts in public places. It has been a problem for a few years now hence the fact that in many of our public toilets (before they were closed) specific warning posters were put up.
[quote][p][bold]Hereford person[/bold] wrote: Not a surprise these days, some youngsters have no guidance from parent or parents and are left to do what they like. They are left to go out to all hours, watch disgusting films very often with a parent and in some cases get drunk. They attend school when they want then the parent blames the school, social workers or the police when they go wrong. They start their sex lives at a very early age, so just watch the Kyle show and hear these parents with their children. Now these kids are growing up but are severely immature what are they to do in life along with their offsprings. What's the answer to this out of control problem.[/p][/quote]All of this is true though, but in the context of this story, the rise of syphilis in our county is largely down to increased incidents amongst groups that indulge in casual and random acts in public places. It has been a problem for a few years now hence the fact that in many of our public toilets (before they were closed) specific warning posters were put up. A.Non01
  • Score: 4

8:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

RogerLFC says...

One in 14 young people tests positive for chlamydia. Source of that figure is the Terrence Higgins Trust website. I'd be very surprised if Hereford was not high up for that problem ... Just the sort of stuff people want to hear before going out for a Friday night clubbing ... Sorry about that but the message has to be spread that casual unprotected sex is a seriously bad idea ...
One in 14 young people tests positive for chlamydia. Source of that figure is the Terrence Higgins Trust website. I'd be very surprised if Hereford was not high up for that problem ... Just the sort of stuff people want to hear before going out for a Friday night clubbing ... Sorry about that but the message has to be spread that casual unprotected sex is a seriously bad idea ... RogerLFC
  • Score: 5

6:55pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bobby47 says...

And we all know who's to blame for this don't we? Yes, it's as I feared. The emergence of Dogging Associations within our Hereford communities.
I've been predicting this avalanche of itching, scratching and general discomfort beneath our under garments for some considerable time.
Oh, you all said I was mad. It was all pigswill. But now the whole thing has come home to roost and for once I've been proven to be right.
Blast their eyes for engaging in unprotected intercourse I say! A curse on the Tupsley Ten and the Dormington Dozen who, moreoften than not, are to be found writhing around on the bonnet of my car while Im trying to get a decent nights sleep.
Often I'll open the bloody window and howl, 'I bloody hope you are wearing a condom you reckless Dogger. Clear off. Be gone. Go bother someone else. I'm trying to get some bloody sleep here'.
Course, this means that promiscuity and reckless passions will be rewarded with a fortnight dose of Amoxicillin anti biotics, a fortnight off work and a dry cloth to mop their fevered brow. And why? Because they were unable to abstain from the sinful pleasures of life. I've no bloody sympathy for them and if ever they come round here again chanting, 'come outside. Come outside and be ours tonight', Im going to be asking to see some documentation, medical documentation, that supports the fact that they are cleansed of sexually transmitted ailments.
And we all know who's to blame for this don't we? Yes, it's as I feared. The emergence of Dogging Associations within our Hereford communities. I've been predicting this avalanche of itching, scratching and general discomfort beneath our under garments for some considerable time. Oh, you all said I was mad. It was all pigswill. But now the whole thing has come home to roost and for once I've been proven to be right. Blast their eyes for engaging in unprotected intercourse I say! A curse on the Tupsley Ten and the Dormington Dozen who, moreoften than not, are to be found writhing around on the bonnet of my car while Im trying to get a decent nights sleep. Often I'll open the bloody window and howl, 'I bloody hope you are wearing a condom you reckless Dogger. Clear off. Be gone. Go bother someone else. I'm trying to get some bloody sleep here'. Course, this means that promiscuity and reckless passions will be rewarded with a fortnight dose of Amoxicillin anti biotics, a fortnight off work and a dry cloth to mop their fevered brow. And why? Because they were unable to abstain from the sinful pleasures of life. I've no bloody sympathy for them and if ever they come round here again chanting, 'come outside. Come outside and be ours tonight', Im going to be asking to see some documentation, medical documentation, that supports the fact that they are cleansed of sexually transmitted ailments. bobby47
  • Score: 17

11:08am Mon 24 Mar 14

mizza21 says...

I knew you'd bring up dogging again Bobby.
In all my 25 years of Dogging I have only ever indulged in the tantric form.
Tantric Dogging is perfectly safe and if you look around the dark web you'll find plenty of Tantric Dogging associations.
Bobby, you are more than welcome to come along to a car park near you after dark and try it out. No need for condoms, just bring your Karma.
I knew you'd bring up dogging again Bobby. In all my 25 years of Dogging I have only ever indulged in the tantric form. Tantric Dogging is perfectly safe and if you look around the dark web you'll find plenty of Tantric Dogging associations. Bobby, you are more than welcome to come along to a car park near you after dark and try it out. No need for condoms, just bring your Karma. mizza21
  • Score: 8

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