Public health fears surge in sexually transmitted infections

Since its onset in March 2020, the pandemic has mobilized a good number of resources normally devoted to screening for ITSS.

Result: the tracing of these infections has decreased by 24% compared to 2019 in the Capitale-Nationale. Consequently, the number ofITSS observed has also decreased.

For regional public health, this drop is misleading.

The fact that we have not received fewer cases in the past year is somewhat a reflection of the limited access to the service. […] We have indeed fewer positive tests, but we think that ITSS are still present and still circulating as much , says Nathanaëlle Thériault, specialist in public health and preventive medicine for the ciussu of the Capitale-Nationale.

Prevent an increase in cases

The public health department wants to prevent an outbreak of cases of sexually transmitted infections. For her, the return of summer and several freedoms foreshadows an increase in meetings.

With the contacts that will possibly increase during the summer, that sets the stage for an increase in ITSS.

A quote from:Nathanaëlle Thériault, specialist in public health and preventive medicine, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale

To remind the sexually active population of the importance of safe sex, the ciussu launches a campaign, particularly on social networks and in public places. Its leitmotif: No stress with ITSS!

We want to reiterate the prevention messages at this time. It is normal that people want to resume a certain normality. Have a great summer, see more people, which also means more sexual contact, so we don’t forget the means of protection in all that , insists Nathanaëlle Thériault.

Preventive screening

Public health reminds us that wearing a condom is one of the most effective means of preventing the transmission ofITSS.

The ciussu de la Capitale-Nationale also encourages people to get tested, particularly people 25 and under who are sexually active.

Most of these infections do not show any symptoms. The person really has to think about introducing themselves to get tested. So resorting to screening, testing, is the only way to get the facts straight , specifies Nathanaëlle Thériault.

People who have had sex with new or new partners should also get tested, depending on the ciussu.

Each year, 40,000 Quebecers report a ITSS to the public health department. To the tens of thousands of cases of chlamydias, gonorrhea, syphilis, VIH and hepatitis, in addition to infections with one of the human papillomavirus and genital herpes.

In all, the ITSS represent, annually, 75% of illnesses declared to public health departments, according to the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services.

With Colin’s information Côté-Paulette

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