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Dating apps didn’t cause the STI crisis – it was cavalier Tory cuts | Nichi Hodgson

Every £1 on prevention and treatment saves the NHS £11, yet sexual health centres are closing due to a lack of funding

When Public Health England (PHE) warned of a growing syphilis and gonorrhea crisis this week, the report initially seemed like the stern wake-up call needed to help the thousands of people around Britain currently unable to access sexual health services.

Revealing a 20% increase in cases of syphilis in just one year and a 22% rise in those of gonorrhea, the report promised “new numbers and frequency of tests in populations at higher risk of infection, to promote early detection and treatment”.

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