The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has increased greatly this year, according to the latest figures.This content was published on July 12, 2010 - 16:39
The Federal Health Office said on Monday in its health bulletin that there had been 611 incidences of syphilis and 647 of gonorrhoea so far in 2010 – around a third more than in the same period last year.
Around 3,330 chlamydia infections were also reported, a number which remained stable on last year.
Switzerland is not the only country to see this kind of increase in the past few years, spokesman Jean-Louis Zurcher told the Swiss News Agency.
“As people become less frightened of Aids, they forget to protect themselves,” Zurcher explained.
The health office is currently drawing up a strategy against STDs and HIV, the virus which causes Aids, which should come into force next year.
swissinfo.ch and agencies
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