New York —

Not since HIV became known was there such a long period when people stopped having sex with new partners

Quarantine due to the pandemic of COVID-19 would dramatically change the course of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), say health specialists in United Kingdom.

With social isolation, people cannot leave their homes to socialize with people who do not belong to their homes, that is, they cannot have sex with new sexual partners who could infect them.

“If we could test and treat everyone for their infections now, that would be a change in the future as people move toward normalcy,” says Dr. John McSorley, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

In an interview with the BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat program, the specialist insisted that people be tested for STDs to prevent those infected from spreading the disease when preventive isolation ends.

In the UK, more than half of sexual health services closed due to the coronavirus crisis, making testing from home more important than ever.

Justin Harbottle of SH: 24, a sexual health testing organization, mentioned that since “the beginning of the HIV epidemic, there has not been such a clean period where people stopped having sex with new partners.”

The statements caused controversy, after the condom company, Durex, declared that its sales decreased as a result of the pandemic.

Laxman Narasimhan, chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser, the British company that bought Durex in 2010, reported that its sales fell because social distancing is affecting “intimate occasions.”

In the UK, its residents have had “significantly” less sex than before the quarantine was implemented, Narasimhan said.