THE STI hotpots of the country have been revealed.
Analysis of official data has shown the locations with the highest rates of diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.
London, Leeds, Blackpool and Lincoln feature heavily in the league for high STI rates, according to 2019 Public Health England data, the most recent available.
Analysis by Supplement Place shows London comes out top for every STI, with the most diagnoses per population size.
The borough of Lambeth is the area with the highest rate of STI diagnoses in the country, diagnosing 3,915 STIs per 100,000 people.
The “top ten” locations for each STI are almost all in the capital.
But broken down by region, each has its own hotspot.
Meanwhile, the UK takes the crown for the gonorrhoea hospot of Europe.
It has a diagnosis rate of 93 per 100,000 population, almost double Iceland in sendond place (49.3).
The UK also ranks high for syphilis at number three, with 12.6 cases per 100,000 people, not far behind Malta at number one (18 per 100,000).
It reveals how Brits can be sloppy when it comes to protection during sex, with condoms the main way to prevent STIs.
If you're worried you’ve got an STI from bedroom antics, go for a free check-up at a sexual health clinic as soon as you can.
Chlamydia is highest in Lambeth (London), Leeds (Yorkshire and the Humber), Southampton (South East) and Norwich (East).
Yorkshire and the Humber is the region outside of London with the most cases of chlamydia with a rate of 393.3 per 100,000 population.
The region’s chlamydia epicentre Leeds has a rate almost double that at 800.7.
Other regional hotspots in order of prevalence are Liverpool (North West), Nottingham (East Midlands), Gloucester (South West), Newcastle (North East) and Birmingham (West Midlands).
Chlamydia – the most common STI in the UK – can often show no symptoms at all, meaning it may not be diagnosed early enough.
If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and lead to long-term health problems, such as infertility.
Meanwhile, Hackney is the most likely place you’ll catch genital herpes.
It’s diagnosis rate is 186 per 100,000 people – almost double the capital’s overall rate of 101.
Outside London, the North West has the highest rate of genital herpes, with 60 cases per 100,000, and the regional hotspot Blackpool has a rate of 132.
Following are Rushmoor (South East), Plymouth (South West), Tamworth (West Midlands), Lincoln (East Midlands), Newcastle (North East), Epping Forest (East England) and Kingston upon Hull (Yorkshire).
Most cases of genital herpes are caused by Herpes 2 (HSV-2), while HSV-1 causes cold sores and genital herpes.
Both types of herpes can go through periods of being dormant, during which time they can still be spread, before causing a recurrence.
It can’t be cured, but medication can stop the symptoms of an outbreak from worsening.
Lambeth has the highest rates of gonorrhoea in London, with 1,112 cases per 100,000 against the London rate of 360.
The seaside town of Brighton and Hove, in the South East, comes in second with 284 cases per 100,000.
Following are Nottingham (East Midlands), Manchester (North West), Birmingham (West Midlands), Leeds (Yorkshire), Newcastle (North East), Luton (East) and Cheltenham (South West).
The West Midlands is the region outside of London with the most cases of gonorrhoea relative to its population, with 99 diagnoses per 100,000 people.
Also known as “the clap”, gonorrhoea is a stealthy bug that can cause no symptoms in almost half of infected women.
Around one in ten men also have no signs.
Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK after chlamydia, and cases are rising.
"Super gonorrhoea" is also on the up, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning that the drug resistant drug could be untreatable.
The centre of London is the country’s epicenter for syphilis, with the borough City of London carrying a diagnosis rate of 206 per 100,000.
Following are Brighton and Hove (South East), Blackpool (North West), Stockton-on-Tees (North East), Stoke-on-Trent (West Midlands), Leicester (East Midlands), Bournemouth (South West), Cambridge (East) and Hambleton (Yorkshire).
Without treatment, a syphilis infection can last for years or decades without causing any symptoms.
The danger is it spreading to other parts of the body, such as the brain.
This can lead to vision problems, meningitis and strokes.
Hammersmith and Fulham comes out top for genital wart cases, with the London borough diagnosis 238 per 100,000.
Second is Rushmoor in the South East, with a diagnosis rate of 174.4, followed by Manchester (North West), Exeter (South West), Newcastle (North East), Lincoln (East Midlands), Cambridge (East), York (Yorkshire), and Rugby (West Midlands).
The North West is once again the region with the highest rate of infection outside of London, with 87.9 cases per 100,000.
Genital warts can be passed by vaginal and anal sex, sharing sex toys and rarely oral sex.
After infection, it can take months for symptoms – such as painless lumps and itching – to appear, and then it can take many more months for treatment to kick in.
There's no cure for genital warts, but it's possible for your body to fight the virus over time.
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