Cases of HIV are set to increase dramatically in Glasgow
according to new research revealing a huge deterioration in the
city’s sexual health.
A new report by Greater Glasgow Health Board analyses sexual
health in the city over the past six years. Gonorrhoea, regarded as
a classic indicator of unprotected sex, has increased by 350 per
cent in Glasgow compared with 50 per cent in the rest of the UK.
Infections have increased most within the heterosexual population
rather than the previously identified high-risk groups of male
homosexuals, intravenous drug users and prostitutes.
The group most at risk are women under 20 years who have
experienced a 17-fold increase in all sexually transmitted
infections since 1994. Health experts warn that HIV infections and
infertility are bound to increase rapidly over the next few years
in the city, and have appealed for renewed safe sex campaigns
targeting young people.