Doctors Fear Huge Spike in STIs After Pandemic
This is not the first article I’ve seen in the last few months to raise this point.
June 4, 2021
by VICTOR TANGERMANN
According to a new study, cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including chlamydia and gonorrhea could soon spike as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down.
As we’re heading what the media has referred to as “hot vax summer,” experts are worried that STIs could return with a vengeance.
Researchers analyzed positivity rates based on data from over 18.6 million tests performed across the US from January 2019 through June 2020.
They found that testing for both chlamydia and gonorrhea hit their lowest point in early April 2020, when cases of COVID were on the rise.
That’s particularly significant as cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis nearly quadrupled between 2015 and 2019, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Far fewer tests were performed as health practitioners were busy with battling the raging COVID pandemic, triggering positivity rates for both gonorrhea and chlamydia to rise significantly, the researchers found.
The implication: there may well be plenty of infections that testing isn’t catching.
That means we might soon be in for a rude awakening as the pandemic slows.
…With restrictions being lifted, the world could move “towards a summer of sex,” as the BBC reported last week.