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As healthcare services prepare for a surge in demand for sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment following the party season, new research has revealed Swansea is the UK’s hotspot for one-night stands.

In a national survey1, one in five adults (19 per cent) from the Swansea area claimed to have had a one-night-stand over Christmas and New Year – significantly higher than the national average of seven per cent

The South Wales city out-scored metropolitan London, Manchester and Edinburgh in the revealing survey, commissioned by the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service.

In a surprise result, the people of renowned party city Newcastle were among the most restrained, with just four per cent admitting to a one-night stand over the festive period.

The online poll investigated the sexual health and habits of 2,000 UK adults.  Worryingly, it found that 13 per cent of the population put themselves at increased risk of an STI by having sex without a condom, with someone other than a long-term partner.

It also found that:

  • Nationally it was the under 25s who admitted to one-night-stands most over the party season (15 per cent).
  • The 25-34s left themselves most open to the risk of contracting an STI, with one in ten having unprotected sex with more than one person.
  • It is not just those in casual relationships that could have an unexpected post-Christmas ‘present’. A third (32 per cent) of people who contracted an STI in the past, caught it from someone they were in a long-term relationship with.
  • A fifth of the nation (18 per cent) admits to having had an STI. Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) did not tell their partner.

Dr Nitin Shori, Medical Director of the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service and a working NHS GP, said: “The New Year is a notorious time for STI cases and we’re preparing for a busy month. An unplanned pregnancy can often be people’s main worry when it comes to unprotected sex, so getting an STI can be a shock.

“The symptoms of many sexually transmitted infections are often silent or easily mistaken for something else – meaning an infection could be left unnoticed and spread to others. Chlamydia is a prime example of this – it is common for symptoms to be vague and ignored, but it can have considerable health implications, including infertility in women.”

A report from Public Health England2 indicated that chlamydia remains the most commonly diagnosed STI – with more than 200,000 UK cases recorded annually.

Dr Shori adds: “Gonorrhoea, genital warts and herpes are also rife, but like most STIs are usually easily treated with a course of antibiotics or creams. Sexual health can be embarrassing for people to speak about, but whatever the condition, early detection and treatment is always advisable.”