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Diagnoses of syphilis and HIV infection during the COVID-19 pandemic in Taiwan
  1. Chun-Chieh Chia1,
  2. Chien-Ming Chao2,
  3. Chih-Cheng Lai3
  1. 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan
  2. 2 Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan
  3. 3 Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Tainan Branch, Tainan, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chih-Cheng Lai, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Tainan Branch, Tainan 813, Taiwan; dtmed141{at}

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Dear Editor,

In a recent article, Latini et al 1 described a decline in reported cases of STIs, particularly syphilis, during the spring 2020 lockdown in Rome. Similarly, in Madrid, the number of diagnosed STIs decreased during the first semester of 2020 compared with the same period of 2019.2 The authors suggested that a possible driver for the reduction could be COVID-19 related social distancing interventions. In Taiwan, the health authority implemented several control interventions in response to the outbreak, particularly mask wearing and hand …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors C-CC and C-MC: study design and data collection. C-CL: concept and writing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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