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'Nice girls' ignore sexual health

'Nice girls' ignore sexual health
A new survey has found that many women believe they are too 'nice' to contract a sexually transmitted disease (STI) and that they therefore do not need to visit a sexual health clinic.

Research by Lloydspharmacy has found that two thirds of people who are at risk of contracting an STI because of their disregard for contraception have never attended a GUM clinic.

Most respondents admitted that they would not visit a clinic unless they had symptoms, even though many women do not realise they have chlamydia as it is commonly symptom-less.

Chris Frost, head of medicines at Lloydspharmacy, commented: "Unfortunately nice people do indeed get STIs and the figures for chlamydia show that most who are infected don't know it until it's too late."

Estimates suggest that as many as one in ten sexually active people in the UK have chlamydia, making it the most common STI in young people.

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Treatment news: 14/08/2008