Fears are growing of a sexual health crisis in London after figures revealed the areas across England with the highest rates of STIs.
Of all the boroughs across the country, the top 10 are all in the capital.
Lambeth comes out on top with the highest rates of both gonorrhoea and syphilis, according to the UK Health Security Agency.
In Lambeth and Southwark, transmissions of sexually transmitted diseases are five times that of the national average.
Chief medical officer Professor Sir Chris Whitty said which infection he is most concerned about.
He said: ‘Gonorrhoea is, in the UK and internationally, one of the most highly drug-resistant organisms we have.
‘So we’re down to a very limited number of antibiotics now which can be used – previously we’d have had a much wider range.
‘Fortunately, this hasn’t translated into drug resistance for most of the other antibiotic-treatable sexually transmitted infections, at least not to this level.
‘But if we are really in deep trouble at the moment we do need some new antibiotics or some new way of approaching.’
Lambeth, Hackney and Southwark have the highest rates of chlamydia, while Southwark has the highest rate of herpes.
Brent and Lambeth have the lowest levels of coverage for the HPV vaccine among 12-13-year-olds. The virus can cause genital warts and cervical as well as other forms of cancer.
While we have included the City of London in the map above, we haven’t included it within this analysis as the borough has a small population and therefore a disproportionately high STI rate.
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Last week, experts revealed sexual health services are being forced to ration the number of free condoms they give out as they come ‘very close to a crisis’.
And the Local Government Association warned that transmission rates would keep rising without extra funding – as public health grants to councils have reduced by £880 million despite increasing demand.
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