Sex warning: THIS area of the UK is where you are most likely to get an STI

New data has revealed the parts of the UK where most people have suffered from an STI.

These are infections passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact.

The research, commissioned by PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, found that London had the highest percentage of people who had suffered from an STI at 29 per cent.

It was also revealed that the east of England and the north east had the joint lowest STI rates at four per cent.

As a whole, the number of adults across the UK who admitted to having had an STI in the past was 12 per cent - or 6.16 million people.

Of this group, over one in six people had left their infection untreated.

The worst area for not seeing a GP, doctor or pharmacist about symptoms was Northern Ireland at 75 per cent.

In contrast, only 10 per cent of STI sufferers in Wales failed to seek professional advice.

As well as a gender divide in seeking help - men were ten per cent less likely to seek help than women - there was also a difference between age groups.

The data revealed that just 11 per cent of over 55s left STIs untreated, while 33 per cent of people between the ages of 18 to 34 did.

Common STIs include chlamydia, genital warts, genital herpes, gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Symptoms can vary between type and gender.

Signs in both men and women include pain when you pass urine, itching around genitals, blisters, sores, spots or lumps around the genitals or anus, and black powder or tiny white dots in your underwear.

Women may also experience yellow or green vaginal discharge, discharge that smells, bleeding between periods or after sex, pain during sex, and lower abdominal pain.

Man may get discharge from the penis, and there can be irritation of the urethra.

“Today’s findings present extremely worrying reading for both the medical community and the wider British public,” said Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk.

“Despite years of high-profile public health campaigns and unprecedented advancements in treatment and health tech, a significant problem remains, most prominently amongst the young. 

“Brits exposed to STIs should consider the multitude of discrete treatment options made available by the NHS’ Electronic Prescription Service, online pharmacies and by mail testing to avoid readily treatable health risks being caused by mere embarrassment.”



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