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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic (caused by SARS-CoV-2) is a public health emergency of magnitude.1 The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in such a densely populated area as Lombardy threatened the capacity of the health system. All health facilities were reorganised to contain the spread of the virus. Unprecedented social isolation measures (lockdown) were adopted to control the epidemic.2 In relation to sexual health, one would assume that the lockdown should reduce the opportunity for sexual encounters and acquisition opportunities for STIs. In Milan, the main city of the Lombardy region, there are two main STI centres which account for about 80% of STI diagnosis. On 8 March, regional ordinance limited outpatient activity to acute cases only. The two STI centres remained open for ‘emergencies’. Patients …
Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti
Contributors All authors equally contributed in collecting data.
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