Homosexuality and venereal disease in the United Kingdom. A second study. British Co-operative Clinical Group

Br J Vener Dis. 1980 Feb;56(1):6-11. doi: 10.1136/sti.56.1.6.


The proportion of homosexually acquired cases of primary and secondary syphilis in patients attending venereal disease clinics in the United Kingdom has risen from 42.4% to 54% over a six-year period. Similarly, over the same period, the proportion of homosexually acquired cases of gonorrhoea has risen from 9.8% to 10.9%. The increase in incidence of homosexually acquired infections in both diseases occurred in all areas but particularly in London. Thus the very considerable epidemiological importance of male homosexuals as a high-risk group should receive more, not less, emphasis.

MeSH terms

  • Gonorrhea / epidemiology*
  • Gonorrhea / transmission
  • Homosexuality*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mouth Diseases / epidemiology
  • Penile Diseases / epidemiology
  • Rectal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Syphilis / epidemiology*
  • Syphilis / transmission
  • United Kingdom