Which university is the best for dealing with STDs (and which is the worst?)
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However much you might want to push it to the back of your mind, sexually transmitted diseases are a problem at university. We don’t want to overburden you with (frankly terrifying) statistics, but here are some very quick ones: Chlamydia is the most common infection in those under 25, 50% of men and 70% of infected women have no symptoms – and almost three quarters of new diagnoses are in those aged 16-24. Since students seem to be the target market for this silent and symptom-less disease, it’s probably quite important that universities provide good sexual health services – for those that are suffering for Chlamydia and other infections, as well as for those who might have suffered sexual assault or abuse. Now, Superdrug has released its Sexual Health Report Card – letting students know which universities are taking sexual health seriously, and which could do with, erm, a check-up. So, which universities are providing the right services for their students – and which are in for a nasty shock? It’s Bristol that tops the list as the UK university with the best sexual health services, according to the report, and it’s followed by Nottingham, St Georges, University of London, Dundee and Leeds. Bristol was praised for its “forward-thinking delivery methods, setting up dedicated social media profiles to deliver a range of accessible information to help its students make informed choices about their own sexual health needs.” Also high in the table are Cambridge, Loughborough, Edinburgh, Kings College London and University College London (UCL.) Languishing at the bottom are Cardiff, East Anglia, Reading, City University and Birmingham. The research covered nine key service areas, including the availability of STI testing on campus and sexual assault counselling services. It’s the first time Superdrug (and its Online Doctor service) have included sexual health provision at universities in their report. The top ten in full is: 1 University of Bristol 2 University of Nottingham = St. Georges, University of London 4 University of Dundee 5 University of Leeds 6 University of Cambridge = Loughborough University 8 University of Edinburgh = Kings College London
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