One in Four Contracts STI at University

A blog post by, posted on the 23rd of October.

One in Four Students Contract an STI in Their First Year of University

Up to a quarter of students report having contracted a sexually transmitted infection during their first year at university, it has been revealed.

The figure illustrates both the importance of safe sex and regular sexual health check-ups (such as using free online Chlamydia testing service

Research carried out by Student “dating" website Shag At Uni found that 9 out of 10 students didn’t practice safe sex by using condoms with the majority of their partners. Almost three quarters admitted most of their sexual encounters took place while they were drunk, and more than half said they could not remember who passed the infection on to them.

The survey also revealed 23% of students had caught an STI from a sexual partner during their first year of studying at university. A further 21% admitted contracting an STI after their first year at university.

When asked to divulge which sexually transmitted infection (if any) they had caught during their time at university, Chlamydia emerged as the most likely STI, with 59% of students admitting they’d caught it, with herpes and genital warts following behind with 18% and 14% respectively.

The most diagnosed STI in the UK is Chlamydia, and it’s more prevalent in those under 25 years old, with 1 in 12 testing positive for the infection. Chlamydia has no noticeable symptoms in the majority of cases, yet left untreated can cause serious health problems in later life including infertility.

Condoms are the only method of contraception that can help protect against STIs and unplanned pregnancy.

Students – enjoy sex but also play safe, and take back control of your sexual health - get tested for Chlamydia at!


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