Like a chocolate fireguard: Syphilis diagnoses are booming - it's clear sexual health needs an overhaul 'Demand for services has been rising relentlessly. Between 2013 and 2017, total attendances at sexual health services in England rose 13% to more than 3.3 million. New diagnoses for gonorrhoea increased 66% between 2012 and 2017, while syphilis jumped 136%. Chlamydia infections fell by 3.5%, but infections are still diagnosed in more than 200,000 people each year. Chlamydia testing has been falling, while drug resistant strains of gonorrhoea have emerged.' TheGuardian.com, 24th August 2018. Who could have foreseen this.