Demand for contraception and treatment for STIs soars after post-lockdown sex boom

Leah Sinclair
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Demand for condoms and emergency contraception has increased after lockdown restrictions eased across the UK.

While all indoor meet-ups are currently illegal, more people seem to be engaging in sexual activity, resulting in a rise in contraception sales and treatment for STIs.

Dr Jane Dickson, a consultant in sexual and reproductive healthcare at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in Newport, south Wales told the Sunday Times: “There’s not a major sex fest going on.

“It’s just that people are awakening and seeing other people and dating and hooking up, and so they’re having more sex again.”

Last week, Reckitt, the manufacturers of Durex condoms, reported a rise in global sales for the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Following the easing of restrictions on April 12 which allowed outdoor pubs, restaurants and other public venues to reopen, sales of the morning-after pill jumped 23 per cent compared with the previous fortnight, according to data from Lloyds Pharmacy.

Treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also increased by 10 per cent during the same period.

“All the traditional STIs, we’re seeing a resurgence of,” Dr Dickson said.

All remaining social distancing measures are expected to be lifted from June 21.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, has said it would be “incredibly safe” for two fully vaccinated people to meet indoors.

He said: "If two people who both had two doses of vaccine, and have both served at least 14 days after their second dose, then I would be highly confident scientifically that if they were reputable vaccines then indeed it would be incredibly safe for those two people to meet."

However, Prof Van-Tam urged Britons to “hold the line a teeny bit longer” before returning to normal behaviour.

"It is going to be frustrating at times for people, particularly those who’ve had their two doses, but we just need to make sure we don’t have to go backwards again on any of this and just hold the line a teeny bit longer," he said.

Recent data shows over 49.2 million vaccines have been administered in the UK.

34.3 million people have received their first dose while 14. 9 million have received both doses.

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