Brits ‘waking up’ to strangers after post-lockdown sex fest – but STIs surge

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Sales of the morning after pill, condoms, STI treatments and viagra are soaring since pubs reopened.

Brits of all ages have been "waking up" to sex with strangers after months of lockdown, said experts.

Sex-starved singletons were last month urged to use condoms to avoid record levels of STIs after boozers were allowed to service outdoor pints.

Experts told the Daily Star they were expecting a "busy summer" and that an explosion of untreatable super-gonorrhoea was a "major concern".

Now Lloyds Pharmacy data shows sales of the morning after pill have rocketed 23 percent in the fortnight after lockdown rules were eased on April 12, compared with the previous two weeks.

Treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increased 10 per cent in the same period.

And the makers of Durex condoms, Reckitt has reported a double-digit year-on-year rise in global sales for the first three months of this year.

Dr Jane Dickson, vice-president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, told the Sunday Times: "All the traditional STIs, we're seeing a resurgence of.

"There's not a major sex fest going on. It's just that people are awakening and seeing other people and dating and hooking up, and so they're having more sex again."

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Joe Soiza, managing director of UK Meds, an online pharmacy based in Nottingham, said he had seen a 15 per cent increase in sales of erectile dysfunction pills since the start of April.

He said: "The main demographic appears to be men in their mid-30s. But we had an 81-year-old the other day who sent us a doctor's note saying he could have them."

There was a surge in inquiries about the morning-after pill on Easter Monday, the day after the first weekend that rules were relaxed to allow groups of up to six to gather outdoors.

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A GP at Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor, Dr Gigi Taguri said: "Clearly people are feeling more comfortable to be sexually active."

She added patients were most commonly seeking treatment for chlamydia, herpes and warts.

Katherine O'Brien of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service added; "We regularly hear from women facing an unplanned pregnancy because they have struggled to access contraception, and certainly during the pandemic this has worsened."

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Last month we reported that horny singletons were being urged to "beat the rush" to sex clinics so everyone can bonk safely as lockdown measures are lifted.

Dr John McSorley, president of the British Association of Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH), told Daily Star: "If sex with a new partner is on your mind, however vaguely, then the time to get sorted is now.

"The UK entered the Covid-19 pandemic with gonorrhoea and syphilis at levels not seen for a generation or two.

"It would take some time to get back to that. It would happen slowly at first, then quickly. If we do all we can now, we could avoid it."

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