In the case of sexually transmitted diseases, it is especially dangerous not to go for an examination, because the diseases are often transmitted if they are not detected in time. The doctor therefore appealed to everyone to attend the examinations despite the lock. The main problem was that bids for screenings were often reduced. According to an extrapolation from Emroy University in Atlanta, with a reduced supply, an even more massive increase in sexually transmitted diseases can be expected after going out and easing contact restrictions.
At the time of sexual health counseling at the University Clinic of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, access to diagnosis and examination was always guaranteed, even during the locking phases, Sarcletti pointed out. Although fewer patients were shown, including suspected sexually transmitted diseases, the number of chlamydia diagnoses remained almost the same.
There is also a general trend of increasing sexually transmitted diseases in Austria, especially among men, Sarcletti said. This is due, among other things, to poorer respect for the now curable HIV infection, careless sexual practices, increased stimulus-induced sex (chemsex) and – at least before the Corona – increasing international mobility and travel.
It is also noticeable that the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases have in some cases become milder in recent decades. There are now many patients with only mild symptoms or none at all, the doctor said. It is more important for the team to go for regular check-ups.