London Has The Highest STI Rates In The Country

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 26 months ago

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London Has The Highest STI Rates In The Country
They're called condoms, and clearly London could do with learning a thing or two about them. Photo: Shutterstock

How good is your borough's sexual health?

Data from Public Health England and Better2Know, shows that London still has by far the most STI diagnoses across the country (although that excludes chlamydia diagnoses for under 25 year olds). There's also a borough by borough breakdown.

And the worst borough is... drumroll please... the City of London. Yes, we know, it's not technically a borough, but it sort of functions as one. Within the City, 4.61 people per 100 were diagnosed with an STI last year. Take a look at the results for all the boroughs, with averages for England and London as a whole at the top.

Click to expand. The value is per 100,000 people. The outer boroughs seem to care more about safe sex.

What's making everyone in the City so carelessly randy? Perhaps it's Barbican residents, driven to reckless horniness inspired by the gorgeous brutalism that surrounds them daily. However, because the population size in the City is so much smaller than all the other boroughs, we're warned against comparing it to the nation's averages.

That brings us onto our next point. At least in terms of youth (15-24 year olds) chlamydia screenings, Londoners on average, get their sexual health checked more frequently than non-Londoners. Outside of London tends to be less tested. The stats are done as a percentage of the population (to allow for areas to still be compared), but are made less reliable when there's less testing.

Still, the gap between London's average and the national average is sizeable. We doubt data quirks can account for the entire thing. Congrats Londoners on all the action you're clearly getting. But take this as a friendly reminder, use condoms and get tested regularly.

Last Updated 08 August 2019