Last year over 500 sexually transmitted infections were reported in Bermuda, with those infected ranging from 14-years up to 80-years of age, the Department of Health said today.
67% of cases were among women, and the overall numbers included 380 cases of Chlamydia, 65 cases of Gonorrhoea, six cases of HIV, 61 cases of Herpes, and 10 cases of Syphilis.
This information was included as part of a notice about Bermuda’s plans to observe its third annual Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day on February 12th. Similar observances are held worldwide at this time including National Sexual Health Week in Australia and National Condom Month in the United States.
A Health Ministry spokesperson said, “These observances are normally held around Valentine’s Day which, as a day of celebration of love and affection, is an ideal time to encourage persons to also consider the importance of sexual and reproductive health.
“During the week of February 11-15 the Department of Health has organized radio advertisements, an online quiz, and the distribution of free condoms to various stores across the island in order to help bring awareness to sexual and reproductive health.
“The Department of Health will use this opportunity to continue its campaign of “Have the Conversation” which encourages persons to talk about sexual health with their partners, relatives, and healthcare providers.
“The Department of Health advises use of “The Five P’s of Sexual Health” to guide the conversation. This includes discussion about Partners, Practices, Prevention of pregnancy, Past history of sexually transmitted infections and Prevention of sexually transmitted infection.
“At this time, and throughout the year, the Department of Health would like to encourage Bermuda’s residents to take charge of their sexual and reproductive health by talking with their doctors or by calling the Communicable Disease Control Clinic at 441-278-6442 or the Maternal Health and Family Planning Clinic at 441-278-6441.”