STI rate is cause for concern in south-west: Scott

THERE are fears sexual health out west is not being taken seriously as the rates of sexually transmitted infections increase.

Federal LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said he has called on the government to fund education programs in the bush promoting sexual health because the earlier the STI is detected and treated the better.

"The statistics are shocking with the reported cases of gonorrhoea in Queensland having more than double in four years with 2878 cases since 2011," he said.

"In the Maranoa electorate a new demographic has emerged with its own unique challenges.

"It has been reported that a mix of a large disposable income and boredom means fly-in fly-out mine workers could be responsible for the increase in cases of STIs in mining towns in my electorate.

"Sexual health education and awareness is the key because the statistics are alarming and need to be controlled before it turns into an epidemic."

Other statistics for 2011: chlamydia had 18,320 cases and syphilis had 340 cases. Eight HIV cases were diagnosed in 2010.

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