The Dublin Well Woman Centre recently reported dramatic increases in the rates of positive STD tests seen in 2012, which the report released by the Centre suggests may indicate that Ireland could be facing a sexual health crisis.
The most significant change was seen in regards to genital herpes. According to Public Health England, herpes diagnoses accounted for 7 percent of all STI cases reported in the U.K. last year, placing it ahead of gonorrhea, but behind chlamydia in the number of cases reported. Among those tested by the Dublin Well Woman Centre, however, positive tests for herpes increased by 72 percent over the past year.
Rates of chlamydia also increased at the Dublin clinics. This disease accounted for almost half of all STI cases diagnosed in the U.K. last year, according to PHE.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1,570,000 Americans were infected with this disease as of February 2013.
Better data collection and more widespread testing may have a role in the increase of cases reported, but the Well Woman Centre noted that although the incidence of chlamydia increased by 35 percent over the twelve-month period, the number of individuals tested for the disease increased by only 12.5 percent. Alison Begas, Chief Executive of the Centre, said said that measures must be taken to address the sexual health of the Irish population.