Journal article

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA FROM 1918 TO 2016: NEARLY A CENTURY OF DATA

Emile Jasek, Eric PF Chow, Jason J Ong, Catriona S Bradshaw, Marcus Y Chen, Jane S Hocking, David Lee, Tiffany Phillips, Meredith Temple-Smith, Glenda Fehler, Christopher K Fairley

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES INTELLIGENCE | AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT, DEPT HEALTH & AGEING | Published : 2017

Abstract

Introduction: Our aim was to describe trends in the number of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed at Melbourne's sexual health clinic over a century. Methods: A retrospective analysis of STI diagnoses (gonorrhoea, infectious syphilis and chancroid) among individuals attending Melbourne's sexual health service over 99 years between 1918 and 2016. Results: Substantial increases in STI rates coincided with World War II, the 'Sexual Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s', and the last 10 years. Substantial declines coincided with the advent of antibiotics and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. There were also key differences between STIs. Chancroid virtually disappeared after 1950. Syphil..

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