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Int J STD AIDS. 2006 Oct;17(10):693-8.

Surveillance of sexually transmitted diseases in general practice: a description of trends in the Royal College of General Practitioners Weekly Returns Service between 1994 and 2001.

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Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections, London, UK.


This paper describes the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) recorded in the Weekly Returns Service (WRS) between 1994 and 2001. There were approximately 76,500 new diagnoses of STIs (7500 males, 71,000 females) and associated syndromes. Candidiasis was the commonest condition reported in males and females followed by pelvic inflammatory disease. The ratio of males to females was 7.1 for non-specific urethritis, and 9.1 and 2.1 for Reiter's syndrome and pediculosis pubis, respectively. The incidence of anogenital warts and genital herpes changed little over time. New diagnoses of genital herpes were higher in females than in males (ratio 2.8:1), whereas the mean annual incidence of genital warts was similar in males and females. The WRS provides an insight into the burden of STI diagnoses, and diagnoses related to STIs that are managed in general practice, and as such has the potential to make a substantial contribution to STI surveillance in England.

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