Contraception day, organized this Tuesday by the South province, was also an opportunity to talk about sexually transmitted infections. They are on the rise in New Caledonia, while the use of condoms is on the decline. Take stock with a professional.
Stéphanie Chenais (edited by Cécile Rubichon)) • Published on September 27, 2023 at 10:39 a.m., updated on September 27, 2023 at 10:41 a.m.
Each year, 2,000 screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are carried out free of charge at the South Province Health Center. One in 5 turns out to be positive. Most often due to bacterial infections. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea, in more than 50% of cases asymptomatic, or even syphilis, “in resurgence“, indicates Victor Pecoul, general practitioner at the Health Center of the South province, in charge of STIs.
Illnesses that are most of the time easily treated. But which can have serious consequences if left untreated. A pregnant woman with syphilis can infect her newborn. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are, for their part, “the leading cause of infertility in young women and men. They can lead to complete loss of fertility“, underlines Victor Pecoul.
In New Caledonia, these infections concern “all populations“If they are increasing, it is because condoms are used less, notes the doctor. “These bacteria do not spread only by penetration. They can also be transmitted through oral sex. However, todaycondoms are not worn during these practices.“He recalled the importance of this during Contraception Day, this Tuesday, September 26.
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