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There has been interest in exploring the impact of COVID-19-related lockdowns on sexual and reproductive health, with studies reporting a decrease in the self-reported number of new sexual partners and frequency of intercourse.1 2 The importance of information on the incidence of STIs has also been highlighted.3 4
In Finland, national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic began on 16 March 2020. The first wave did not cause a healthcare surge and the rate of new cases started to decrease in May. Restrictions were loosened in early June. Our aim was to explore cross-sectionally the influence of social restrictions on the number of laboratory-confirmed Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) diagnoses among people aged ≥15 during the period of January–August 2020. Diagnoses reported in 2015–2019 were used as …
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