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20th Jul 2022

Top 10 areas in England where you’re most likely to catch an STI ranked

April Curtin

One part of the country is pretty f****d

The areas of England where you’re most likely to get an STI have been revealed – and one part of the country is seriously risk-ay.

Health experts FROM MARS looked at the sexual and reproductive health profiles of every local authority in England – analysing the diagnostic rates per 100,000 for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genital warts and general herpes to reveal the places where Brits are most at risk of contracting an STI.

And it turns out, the top 10 riskiest places to have casual sex in England are actually all in London.

Lambeth came out worst as it had the highest rates per 100,000 for every STI other than genital warts, which are most prominent in Hammersmith and Fulham. Condoms would therefore be a worthwhile investment in these two boroughs, as well as in Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Hackney, Islington, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Haringey, which made up the rest of the top 10 riskiest places.

The study also revealed the safest places to have casual sex in England and in most instances, you’re best heading up to Yorkshire for that, according to research.

Craven came out top for the safest place to have casual sex in the whole country, with an STI score of just 0.29. Other safe spots in Yorkshire and the Humber included Ryedale, Hambleton and Selby.

Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire, Copeland in western Cumbria, East Lindsey in Lincolnshire, Mendip in Somerset, North Norfolk and West Oxfordshire made up the rest of the top 10 safest spots in England.

When it comes to specific STIs, Lambeth has the highest number of confirmed chlamydia cases with 1,171 cases per 1,000 people, while Mid Sussex has the lowest.

Lambeth also comes out top for gonorrhoea cases with 1,024 per 100,000 people, while Ryedale in North Yorkshire has the lowest.

The highest number of syphilis cases can be found in – you guessed it – Lambeth, with 149.7 per 100,000 people. Craven, Maldon, Mid Devon and Rutland all have the lowest.

Last but not least is genital warts, which Hammersmith and Fulham came out top, with 160,20 cases per 100,000 people. Sheffield, by contrast, has the lowest.

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