Sudbury STI rates drop in 2020, health unit says
The Sudbury Health Unit says that despite low rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 2020, those numbers will likely increase this year, although they don’t know it until all the data is compiled.
STIs include infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, and syphilis.
Now that more and more people are receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it means increased social activity – a social activity that also includes romantic or intimate encounters.
Prior to the pandemic, Public Health Sudbury & Districts offered STI testing services, but health promoter Nicole Gauthier says these have been temporarily suspended to properly respond to COVID-19. They continue to be arrested.
“During this time, clients were given the opportunity to access STI testing through the Network Access Network, as well as from their health care provider as well as local walk-in clinics,” he said. she declared.
As for the reported cases, Gauthier says there was a sharp drop in numbers last year, but she can’t say if that’s attributed to a decrease in testing or less sexual activity.
“We have seen a substantial decrease in reported cases of sexually transmitted infections in 2020 compared to previous years,” she said.
The health unit does not yet have tariffs for 2021.
Sudbury & Districts Public Health has some recommendations for those planning to be sexually active while we are still technically in the pandemic:
- choose well-ventilated spaces when considering sex with a partner
- limit the consumption of alcohol and substances
- wash before and after sex
- using sex positions that limit face-to-face contact
- make sure partners follow COVID-19 precautions
“So having that dialogue with your partner and making sure he’s honest with you if he meets [COVID-19] symptoms, ”said Gauthier, adding that the recommendations are for all age groups, all populations and all demographics.
“When decisions are made regarding sex and sexuality, they must be balanced with considerations of personal and public health.”
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