Ever wondered if you're more likely to catch a sexually transmitted infection on the beach or on the bus? Well, we're about to put your mind at ease. (Sort of.)
Researchers have identified the 11 places that lovers are most likely to catch an sexually transmitted infection (STI). And the results may make you think twice before you get 'lost in the moment' again.
The study, which was part of a wider investigation into British sex habits, found that two fifths (41%) of the 1,967 respondents have had an STI in their lifetime.
Researchers then asked participants to detail where they were when they contracted the infection and - hey, presto! - we have a list of STI danger zones.
On average people had an infection for eight weeks before getting tested. Worryingly, 54% of these said they continued to be sexually active during this time and 61% did so without using protection.
Sarah Bailey, from pharmacy network UKMedix who commissioned the study, told Huffington Post UK: “Promiscuous sexual behaviour seems to peak at Christmas time, so it’s a key time to ensure barrier protection is being used. One night stands and drunken fumbles at Christmas parties are a common occurrence in the winter months, and it’s a terrible mistake not to use appropriate protection to guard yourself. No matter how clean their house is, how smart their clothes are, how good their job is - they could be carrying something nasty. ”
Dr Patrick French, sexual health adviser and GUM consultant at London's Mortimer Market Centre wrote on the NHS sexual health pages: "It's generally good to be open about your sexual history with a new partner and always practice safer sex by using a condom.
"It's possible for infections such as HIV to take years before any symptoms show. Between a quarter and a third of people with HIV in the UK haven't been diagnosed. Chlamydia often has no symptoms, but it can affect your fertility if left untreated. If you're in any doubt, arrange for a check-up with your local GUM clinic."