The varied and unpleasant symptoms of STBBIs
STBBIs are numerous and have different severities and symptoms. Here is a brief reminder of the main ones  :
The impact of the pandemic on STBBI screening
The issue of screening is crucial because, for many of these infections, symptoms are not always apparent or take time to appear. This means that women and men can be carriers of a virus without even knowing it. What’s more, the pandemic has made the fight against STBBIs more complex. Because the same resources (i.e., laboratories, swabs and infectious disease specialists) are used to detect infections for both COVID-19 and STBBIs, many screening appointments had to be postponed until restrictions were gradually lifted. 
The issue of prevention
Dr. Mercure notes that only 60% of young people say they used a condom or dental dam the last time they had a one-night stand. She reminds people that condoms remain the most effective way to prevent STBBIs, even if they do not provide 100% protection. In fact, only total abstinence eliminates the risk, but it is a bit radical, we must admit.
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- INSPQ. (July 15, 2020). “Veille scientifique ITSS et COVID 19.” https://www.inspq.qc.ca/espace-itss/veille-scientifique-itss-covid-19
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