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Sexual health clinics expect post-summer STI surge

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Nurses working in sexual health clinics are expected to see an upsurge in cases over the summer months after a poll revealed more than a third of Britons have had unprotected sex as part of a holiday romance.

The survey commissioned by the Co-operative Pharmacy found 35% of the 3,000 people polled admitted to having had unsafe sex with a stranger or new partner while away on a trip

It seems younger generations have understood the safe sex message, as those aged 26 to 30 were the least likely to have forgone contraception with a new lover, at just 4%. Those aged 22 to 25 were slightly worse at 6%, while Britons in their 50s seem to throw caution to the winds, with 16% saying they were unlikely to practice safe sex.

Some of the reasons behind the poor judgement on holiday include an increase in the imbibing of alcohol and a lack of available condoms.

According to the Co-operative Pharmacy, May to September is often a busy time for sexual health clinics as worried Britons fresh from their holidays book appointments to check for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).

Pharmacist Lisa McCreesh said: “On holiday people often get more amorous. We are urging people to remember that condoms provide the most effective protection against STIs.”

 

 

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