Journal article

Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnoses and Access to a Sexual Health Service Before and After the National Lockdown for COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia

Eric PF Chow, Jane S Hocking, Jason J Ong, Tiffany R Phillips, Christopher K Fairey

OPEN FORUM INFECTIOUS DISEASES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: We aimed to examine the impact of lockdown on sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses and access to a public sexual health service during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Melbourne, Australia. Methods: The operating hours of Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) remained the same during the lockdown. We examined the number of consultations and STIs at MSHC between January and June 2020 and stratified the data into prelockdown (February 3 to March 22), lockdown (March 23 to May 10), and postlockdown (May 11 to June 28), with 7 weeks in each period. Incidence rate ratios (IRRs) and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated using Poisson regression..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant


Awarded by NHRMC Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

E.P.F.C. and C.K.F. are each supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant (GNT1172873 for E.P.F.C. and GNT1172900 for C.K.F.). J.J.O. is supported by an NHRMC Early Career Fellowship (GNT1104781). J.S.H. is supported by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (GNT1136117).