Record high of ancient sexually transmitted disease in 21st century Hull

A biblical disease has hit a record high prevalence in 21st century Humberside.

There were more cases in 2022 of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) gonorrhea in England than at any time since records began more than 100 years ago. In Hull, there were a record 282 infections last year, almost triple the number the year before.

Hull and North East Lincolnshire had some of the highest infection rates in the country, with more than 100 per 100,000 people on average infected. Government advisers have called for a vaccination programme to target the increased threat.

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Latest NHS data shows Hull’s 282 gonorrhea infections last year was nearly treble the 101 the year before and 17 per cent more than pre-pandemic in 2019. It had a rate of infection of 105.8 per 100,000, meaning one person in every thousand in Hull had the disease.

East Riding had a lower rate of 65.6 cases per 100,000, or one infection for every 1,500 people. But it also saw a record number of infections last year, with 225 cases. This was more than quadruple the 53 cases in 2021.

North East Lincolnshire had a record 251 gonorrhea infections last year, up 264 per cent on 2021. All four Humberside local authority areas recorded the highest numbers ever of gonorrhea.

You can see the rates and number of cases of gonorrhoea where you live and how it compares with the rest of the country using our interactive map, below.


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