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Bexley’s most common sexually transmitted infection has been revealed - find out what it is here

PUBLISHED: 17:35 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 20 September 2017

Public Health England has revealed the borough's most common STI.

Public Health England has revealed the borough's most common STI.

PaulBiryukov

Figures have been released by Public Health England

New figures published today have revealed the most common sexually transmitted infection in Bexley is chlamydia.

Typically one of the most common STIs treated in the UK, the disease is passed through unprotected sexual contact.

Public Health England today revealed that young people in Bexley aged between 15 and 25 were seven times more like to catch the infection, with 1,173 young people out of 100,000 contracting it in the last year, compared to 166 over 25s.

Overall, 259 people per 100,000 of Bexley’s population were diagnosed with chlamydia in the past year.

The figure is among the lower rates compared with other London boroughs, the highest of which was Lambeth, which saw 1,378.4 diagnoses per 100,000 people

Bexley’s most common STIs after chlamydia were genital warts, gonnorhoea, which saw a decline across the capital, and then herpes.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director for PHE London, said: “Poor sexual health remains a public health problem in London and STIs are still too high compared to other parts of the country, with rates of syphilis and chlamydia actually increasing.

“Tackling poor sexual health remains high on the agenda for PHE London and we will continue to work with our partners to deliver effective public health interventions to improve sexual health outcomes across the capital.”

To reduce the number of STIs it is important Londoners are familiar with PHE’s recommendations for safe sexual health. These include getting tested every year and when changing sexual partner, as well as getting re-tested after a positive chlamydia diagnosis (within three months of the diagnosis).

A spokesperson from Bexley council added: “Any Bexley residents aged 18 or above who have concerns about their sexual health can get support, advice, and access to free STI home testing kits at www.bexleysexualhealth.org

“Residents can order the kits to be discreetly delivered to their home without needing to make a doctor’s appointment. The kit tests for the most common STI in Bexley, Chlamydia, as well as HIV, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B & C. Residents can choose to have results sent via text or by a telephone call.”

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