Londoners have the highest rates of sexual infection in England, according to the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Figures released by the organisation show there are more than 1,500 STIs per 100,000 people. And HIV is also on the rise in the capital — with 13% of gay men infected, compared to 4% outside of the capital. And what’s more, 25% of them have no idea they're carrying.
“Anyone who is sexually active should be tested regularly,” advises Klaus Erling Johansen GUM Specialist Nurse at Central and North West London NHS Trust. “Some infections don’t show up in symptoms, especially in men — but they can still be passed on, and can often be much more serious for women.”
In an effort to raise awareness of the scale of the problem, the organisation has corralled some rather worrying stats into an easy-to-understand infographic. Which is quite graphic.