November 9, 2004


Sex disease cases soar in capital (Jason Beattie And Rebecca Smith, 11/09/04, Evening Standard)

The number of Londoners suffering sexually transmitted diseases has risen by more than a third, new figures reveal.

They show that cases of infections soared between 1997 and last year, from 169,721 cases to 228,641. The final figure could be higher as some clinics have still to submit information.

The rise has embarrassed ministers, amid calls for a highprofile, well-funded sexual health campaign. Of particular concern is the rise in chlamydia among the young - it can show no symptoms but leads to infertility in men and women if left untreated.

One in eight men and one in 10 women are thought to have chlamydia, a rate estimated to be even higher among those in their early twenties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2004 4:01 PM

Lest anyone doubt that Europeans are just as religious as Americans, with the State substituted for the Church, note that their governmental leaders are "ministers". I was momentarily confused as to why the article would focus on the clergy concerning this issue...

Posted by: brian at November 9, 2004 4:22 PM

Good one Brian. Let's push the idea. Fornication displaces matrimony as the context of sexual completeness, and a STD that makes one sterile the new grace of the bond.

Posted by: luciferous at November 9, 2004 4:28 PM

Actually I think soccer contributes to impotence, something about the side-kicking disturbing the testacles; thus, Europe's demographic demise. Because redirecting the ball with your head makes you stupid, they cannot grasp the implications of absent children. For the next few decades, we can watch them thrash about like flies caught under a glass soccerring themselves to death.

Posted by: JimGooding at November 9, 2004 6:26 PM

Contracting an STD has always struck me as much a failure of intelligence as a failure of moral character.

Posted by: Bart at November 9, 2004 7:09 PM

haven't read the study, but this could just be better diagnosis of STDs. as stated, chlamydia is asymptomatic, so it's highly likely that more cases are being reported as routine G/C tests are performed and patients treated.

Posted by: poormedicalstudent at November 9, 2004 9:51 PM

"What soccer and Darwinism gets you"... laid, apparently.

Three more cheers for the beautiful game.

Posted by: Brit at November 10, 2004 4:29 AM