Malta 2nd highest likelihood of catching STIs in Europe – research


Malta has come second on a list of European countries where people have a higher likelihood of catching sexually transmitted infections.

According to the research carried out by the online Pharmacy website ‘,’ there is a 119% increased chance of catching an STI from unprotected sex.

Spain is reported to have the highest prevalence of diagnosed STIs, with Chlamydia shooting up to 527%. Following behind Malta is Belgium with 62%, France 37% and The Netherlands 36%. The biggest drop was reported in the UK were the country fell to 5% (16th place).

Gonorrhoea remains the most commonly diagnosed STI, representing more than half of total cases across Europe. This equated to 240 new cases every-day in 2017. This is a reflective of a trend across 20 countries of the EU28 which continue to report high cases of the STI.

In the decade between 2008 and last year, France and Portugal are reported to have seen an increase of 600%, Ireland and Denmark are now understood to have seen a 300% increase in theirs.


The research comes as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control revealed that the rates of confirmed syphilis cases had risen by almost 500%.

The figures show that for every 100,000 people in the Maltese population, there were 62 confirmed cases in 2017. This demonstrates a major increase on the 11 confirmed cases back in 2007.

Malta’s syphilis cases increased by almost 500% in 10 years – ECDC

Malta has more cases in 2017 than in Luxembourg (26), Estonia (34), Cyprus (21), Slovenia (48) and Iceland (52) in 2017. However, Malta’s numbers are far eclipsed by the likes of Belgium (1493), Italy (1631), France (1748) and even Germany (7473).


The research also revealed that over half all European Member States allow sufferers to keep their STIs secret. However, Sweden, Hungary, Norway, Italy, Finland, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Malta, Iceland, demand that sufferers reveal this information to partners.

There are apparently double the amount of cases of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea in these countries.