New York City STD Cases Rise During Pandemic, Report Says
During the pandemic, everything slowed down, but according to reports, since New Yorker didn’t have much to do, they made each other.
By July 2020, sexually transmitted disease rates in the five boroughs had returned to pre-pandemic levels, just a month after the state’s original lockdown regulations were lifted and replaced with distance rules. social that forced most outdoor activities.
According to data published by the town hall Department of Health and Mental Hygiene On Wednesday, the number of recent cases of chlamydia and syphilis surpassed figures reported in July 2019.
Even with the spring shutdown, syphilis infections increased so dramatically in 2020 that the year saw more cases than in 2019.
HIV and gonorrhea have also increased, with levels reaching 2019 levels in July 2020.
Data for the entire year revealed that the total number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases declined in 2020 compared to 2019 – but this study does not include months of lockdown.
Officials could not tell when the STD the outbreak has started or if the massive drop in new cases in the spring of 2020 was due to New Yorkers having less sex or just not testing during the pandemic.
âWe know that the transmission of sexually transmitted infections continued throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency; however, many New Yorkers did not request routine testing last year, âsaid Health Commissioner Dr. Dave chokshi in a report.
âSTIs can cause long-term harm and I encourage New Yorkers to speak with their health care providers about sexual health services,â he added.