New Yorkers were not only spreading COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic but they also appeared to have increased the rate of some sexually transmitted infections.
According to a new report by the City Department of Health, the transmission rates of syphilis in its first two of four stages increased 9% for men and 24% for women from 2019 to 2020. The rates of gonorrhea also increased 5% for women but decreased 19% for men.
However, the rates for chlamydia significantly lowered for both men (29%) and women (23%) during the same time period, the DOH said, adding that preliminary data may be subject to change.
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