Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread in Denmark

Increasing numbers people in Denmark are catching sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea.

Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread in Denmark
Photo: Jon Nordstrøm/Ritzau Scanpix

The issue particularly affects younger demographics living in cities, newspaper Berlingske reports.

The trend has now persisted for a number of years, causing medical organisations to raise concern over the issue.

Medical journal Ugeskrift for Læger has described the situation as an “epidemic”, as has research institute SSI, which monitors the spread of infectious diseases.

Bjarne B. Christensen, general secretary with the Danish Family Planning Association (Sex og Samfund, DFPA), says that doctors’ views on the issue should be taken seriously.

“It is very concerning that we again this year have seen an increase in chlamydia as well as gonorrhoea and syphilis,” Christensen told Ritzau.

An increase in cases of gonorrhoea in Denmark was first recorded in 2015 and continued in 2016, the year of the most recent available figures.

In 2016, 3,748 cases of gonorrhoea were recorded by doctors, of which 2,036 were men and 1,442 were women. That represented a 27 percent increase in one year.

Syphilis incidences have grown from just 22 in 1999 to around 700 per year.

SSI is currently working on a report into the number of cases of all three diseases in 2017, but can already see that numbers have not fallen compared to 2016, according to Berlingske’s report.

Christensen called for new methods to be used to halt the trend.

“If we are to break this curve, we must work with young people to get the to use protection.

“The other thing we must do is to find the people who are infected. In addition to the 34,000 who have been confirmed to have chlamydia, an equally large group is thought to have it without knowing. So we have get better at making sure people are tested,” he said.

Both regional health authorities and educational institutions have a role to play in that effort, the DFPA general secretary added.

“The whole ongoing dialogue about safe sex is basically non-existent after school age, because youth education institutions don’t have sex education.

“So the context in which young people can be reached out to is not good enough,” he said.

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NorthSide: Radiohead to play first Danish gig in eight years

The 2017 music festival season is already heating up thanks to Tuesday’s announcement that Radiohead will headline the NorthSide festival in Aarhus.

NorthSide: Radiohead to play first Danish gig in eight years
Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead have not played in Denmark since the 2008 Roskilde Festival (pictured). Photo: Sara Johannessen / SCANPIX
The Oxfordshire band has not played a show on Danish soil in eight years so the booking is seen as a major coup by the festival, which having started in 2010 is still largely seen as a ‘little brother’ to the more established Roskilde Festival. 
“We are proud and honoured that Radiohead has agreed to play NorthSide in the summer. They are the perfect band as a headliner for our poster and today’s announcement is the culmination of several years of hard work,” festival spokesman John Fogde said in a press release. 
He added that the booking was “a dream come true” for the Aarhus team. 
Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and have topped numerous polls and critics’ lists as one of the best bands of the 1990s and 2000s. Their ninth album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, was released to great fanfare and a warm critical reception earlier this year. 
In other festival news, the Copenhagen heavy metal festival Copenhell recently announced that System of a Down will headline its 2017 incarnation. The Armenian-American band will perform their first ever Danish festival show and first concert in Denmark in nearly 12 years. 
With the two big-name announcements from its competitors, all eyes will be on the Roskilde Festival when it rolls out its first batch of names on Thursday.