With so many students wilfully indulging in a bit of bed-hopping, it’s unsurprising to learn that STIs are passed around on a fairly regular basis.

In fact, more than one in ten UK students (13.7%) said they have had a sexually transmitted infection during their time at university, according to a survey conducted by Unifresher.

Of the 1,228 students who answered our sex survey, 168 said they have had at least one STI, with chlamydia the most common (9.4% of respondents).

Herpes was the second most common (2.4%) and gonorrhea the third (2%).

Check out the top ten most common STIs at university below:

1. Chlamydia (9.4%)

2. Herpes (2.4%)

3. Gonorrhea (2%)

4. HPV (1.7%)

5. Scabies (1.6%)

6. Public lice (1.3%)

7. Pelvic inflammatory disease (1.1%)

8. Syphilis (1.1%)

9. Trichomoniasis (0.8%)

10. Chancroid (0.6%)

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK, according to the NHS website.

Of 417,584 new STI diagnoses made at sexual health services in England in 2016, 202,546 (40%) were chlamydia, while 62,721 (15%) were genital warts and 36,244 (9%) were gonorrhoea.

Most people with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms but if they do develop, they can include pain when urinating and unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum.

Men can also experience pain and swelling in the testicles while women can get pain in the stomach, bleeding during or after sex and bleeding between periods.

Those who think they might have an STI or have any of the above symptoms should visit their GP, community contraceptive service or local GUM clinic for testing.

Last Updated on September 3, 2022