On 2 September 2020, Public Health England (PHE) published a report confirming that the number of annual gonorrhoea diagnoses in England rose 26% between 2018 and 2019, from 56,232 to 70,936. The rise is explained in part by an increase in testing, using more accurate diagnostic tests, and more comprehensive data on sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses.
The rise in diagnoses of gonorrhoea contributed to an overall increase of 5% in new STI diagnoses in England in 2019, from 447,522 in 2018 to 468,342. Cases of syphilis have increased by 10% from 2018, with 7,982 cases being reported in 2019. Chlamydia remains the most commonly diagnosed STI with 229,411 cases diagnosed in 2019, an increase of 5% since 2018.
Source: PHE, 2 September 2020