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The UK set to face a 'gonorrhoea outbreak' when lockdown ends

The UK set to face a 'gonorrhoea outbreak' when lockdown ends

Author: Wardah Sempa | Monday 18th January 2021

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A sexual health chief has warned Britain is faced with a gonorrhoea outbreak once lockdown lifts and people return to their lives.

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) President Dr John McSorley called on the public to take advantage of lockdown to get themselves tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) as that will help curtail any potential outbreak.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Britain hit its worst rates of STDs since the Second World War. As people's social and sex life reduced drastically during the lockdown, the number of those using sexual health clinics fell by 85 per cent across the country.

Due to the pandemic, sexual health clinics have not been able to offer routine coils or implant fittings causing a huge backlog in London.

The backlog has led to concerns women will not be able to get essential contraceptive treatments.