STI record increases for Malaita: report



MEDICAL reports from the ministry of health and medical services (MHMS) in Malaita province show a record of 110 sexually transmitted infections (STI) in 2017.

The reports have been collected through the laboratory diagnosis treatment over 2017.

The most infected age group last year was 25 to 49 years.

STI cases include Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichonomous and Candida.

According to the 2017 data collected during the laboratory diagnosis treatment, Hepatitis B recorded 63 cases, Syphilis 42, Chlamydia 0, Gonorrhoea 3, Trichonomous 1 and Candia has recorded only one case with a total of 110 recorded cases.

The youngest which got infected with gonorrhoea according was a female between 10 to 14 years of age.

A young male between 10 and 14 years old got infected with Hepatitis B.

Last year’s records were an increase compared to 2016 data.

The reports recommend that awareness programmes must be carried out in schools and communities to make aware young people and students about the STI cases.

Most infected age groups are youths especially students, the report said.

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