According to a recent study, your chances of contracting herpes in one British city are significantly higher compared to other cities. London has been named as the most unsafe city in terms of spread of sexually transmitted infections. It has been observed that the number of individuals indulging in unprotected sex in this city beats other regions. The study not only holds true for herpes but other sexually transmitted infections such as HIV and Chlamydia.
According to a report published by Public Health England, nearly 440,000 people were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection. Experts believe the actual figure could be well over the half-a-million mark. But, not every part of the country has been marked at a high – risk region. According to the report, the capital city London bags the title for the highest rate of sexually transmitted infections, beating other cities by a huge margin.
The research shows 13.96 cases were reported per 1000 persons in London alone. It has been stated that one in four persons were diagnosed with a new STD in one year. Given the fact that the British Capital is home to 8.6 million people, your chances of contracting herpes is much higher if you end up having sex with a Londoner. The increasing trend of one – night stands, unprotected sex and extensive use of oral contraceptives has contributed to this.
While North West, West Midlands, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber clocked over 7 new cases of STDs per 1000 persons, South West, East Midlands, East and South East saw figures of fewer than 7 cases per 1000 persons. Experts claim that half the world world’s population would come in contact with a sexually transmitted infection in their lifetime. On the other hand, it is believed one million people contact an STI every day.
Reasons that have contributed to an increase in STI cases in London
London is a multicultural hub and attracts people from across the globe and hailing from all walks of life. It has been said that Londoners have been using condoms just as a birth control measure and no longer view it as a barrier against sexually transmitted infections. On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that oral contraceptives have a higher success rate of over 99 percent as opposed to 82 percent of condoms. Couples now prefer using oral contraceptives to condoms. This dangerous behavior has spiked up the rate of sexually transmitted infections in the city.