Why are STIs on the rise?

Long Lunch 15/02/2018

More than half of us will contract an STI at some time in our lives, but rates of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis are on the rise.

Visiting US professor of STI prevention and control Dr Gail Bolan joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch looking at the reasons behind the concerning increase in STIs.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea rates have increased in New Zealand, according to 2017 STI Lab Surveillance reports from the Ministry of Health.

“New HIV protection is contributing to the rise in other STIs,” she told RadioLIVE.

Until you get treated, you are continually infectious.

“We do think that getting partners treating in a timely fashion is critical to controlling these infections.”

Dr Bolan will give a public lecture on 15 February in Grafton on “Stemming the Rising Tide of STIs”. 

Listen to the full interview with Dr Gail Bolan above.

Afternoon Talk with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.