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Listen: Sharp Drop In New Cases Of STI.

: 06/02/2020 - 17:36

The transmission rate of sexually transmitted infections has fallen dramatically in an era when Covid-19 restrictions have cut the opportunity for intimate contact.

Statistics from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre found that compared with the same period last year, chlamydia infections have reduced by 21 per cent, gonorrhoea by 18 per cent, genital herpes by 31 per cent and syphilis by 25 per cent.

However, according to the Irish Times, the downward trend may have as much to do the closure of clinics and delays in reporting results as it has to do with social distancing.

Dr. Derek Freedman in a specialist in Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infection.

He joined Ciara Plunket on Kildare Focus:

derek_freedman.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

 

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