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UK cities ranked best to worst for people getting STI checks

If you live in Cardiff you might be at more risk of catching an STI like gonorrhoea or chlamydia, according to a new survey.

The Welsh capital was ranked the UK’s ‘worst’ city for sexual health ahead of Glasgow and Belfast, researchers said.

The data came from a survey of 2,368 Brits across 28 cities who were asked questions about nine different aspects of sexual health.

Just 22 per cent of people in Cardiff said they wear a condom during sex while 11 per cent said they wouldn’t get an STI check after having unprotected sex.

The city also had the highest number of people who said they did not think they would be able to recognise the warning signs of an STI.

Here are the top 10 worst cities for STI risk

1. Cardiff
2. Glasgow
3. Belfast
4. Edinburgh
5. Leeds
6. Plymouth
7. Liverpool
8. Hull
9. Nottingham
10. Newcastle 

Edinburgh, which came fourth place in the worst competition ever, had the highest number of people who have never been tested at 76 per cent.

Bristol came on top of the sexual health chart, with the lowest number of people who’ve never been tested for an STI (42 per cent).

Only 17 per cent of the city’s locals said they would wait until they developed symptoms before getting tested.

The research from pharmacy Medicine Direct comes as part of a campaign called ‘Fruit of Your Loins’ which aims to raise awareness about sexual health and break down common taboos.

It claimed 32 per cent of Brits don’t get tested because they don’t believe they’re at risk of STIs while 33 per cent of adults said they were never taught about the infections at school.

Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct Hussain Abdeh said: ‘In light of our findings, we want to try and address the conversation about positive sexual health.

‘Our survey has highlighted that people are taking a risk with their own health, and other people’s.

‘Considering how easy it is to get your sexual health checked these days – whether by postal tests, sexual health clinics or your GP – there is a real need for improvement within our sexually active population.

‘It’s worth remembering that some STIs, such as chlamydia, may have no visible symptoms but can be very damaging if left untreated.

He added: ‘That’s why it’s so important to make regular STI testing part of your life and treat it as a regular part of your lifestyle, helping make you a sexually responsible individual.’

If you needed more reason to wear a condom, cases of drug-resistant ‘super-gonorrhoea’ are on the rise worldwide, with experts fearing some strains could be ‘untreatable’.

But it’s not all bad news. Scientists think a combination of two drugs could help fight the evolved bacterial infection.

The researchers said further work is needed to find alternative treatments, with antibiotic resistance becoming a growing problem.

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