The COVID-19 pandemic could be the health emergency at the tip of all people’s thumbs and tongues.
However, there’s a health problem which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared to be a rising epidemic, namely the increase in sexually transmitted infections (STDs) as well as infection (STIs).
The COVID-19 virus has significantly affected the accessibility of in-person STI tests, treatments, and preventative health care, aiding in the spread of the STD spread further. So, experts believe.
Find out more about the connection between both (types of) viruses. And, where you can have your STI checked today.
How has COVID-19 affected STI testing accessibility
In short it drastically decreased the risk of it.
Hospitals located in COVID-19 hotspots were urged to make the most of their resources which meant that the services for sexual health were cut.
Consider New York, for exampleTrusted Source. The 18th of March, 2020 NYC’s NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shut down seven of its eight sexual health clinics. They also kept one clinic open for emergency services only.
In addition, a number of city community centres, key service providers for healthcare in addition to sexual health and wellness services (especially to the LGBTQand community) have announced that they would be limiting their individual visits.
Local Planned Parenthood centers were closed for a short time or even canceled appointment-by-walk-ins.
Over eighty percent STD programmes throughout the United States paused services and community visits during this period in accordance with an survey conducted in May conducted by the National Coalition of STD Directors.
“At some points during the pandemic, it was even hard to get swabs for STI tests, because there was a supply crunch [due to] COVID-19 tests,” adds Dr. Emily Rymland, DNP FNP-C, chief of the clinical operation department of Nurx which is a digital health provider.
Why testing regularly is vital
Since it is the only method to determine your STI status is to have STI checked.
Contrary to what many believe, STIs aren’t identified by painful, uncomfortable, or bumpy signs most are unnoticed.
It doesn’t matter if they are symptomatic or not, STIs that are left untreated may cause various complications, such as:
- pelvic Inflammatory disease
- cervical cancer
- higher chance for miscarriage
The only way to allow an STI to be treated properly is to be identified.
When should you get checked?
“The general recommendation is that everybody who’s sexually active gets tested once a year, unless they’ve been in a monogamous relationship for a long time and are certain of their partner’s status,” Rymland states.
Some people, however, require testing more frequently, she says. This is the case for those who:
- often, they meet new people
- We aren’t certain of the status of a partner
- They suspect that they were exposed to an STI
- You may experience strange symptoms
I’m not sure, but aren’t women experiencing less sexual intimacy during the epidemic?
There is a fact that all things considered, the population is having fewer sexual relations in the midst of the epidemic than they did prior to when it first started.
The June research, For instance, revealed a drastic reduction in sexual encounters with partners in 2020 as compared to the year prior.
But that doesn’t mean everyone is experiencing no sexual relations.
Eric Perkins, the director of prevention services at the Mazzoni Center (Philadelphia’s largest LGBT healthcare provider) said to In The Philadelphia Inquirer, “We know from hookup apps and conversations with patients that people are still sexually active with partners they are not quarantined with.”
It’s just a matter of experiencing sexual intimacy less often.