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The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual health & STI epidemiology

Professor Henry de Vries

Event date
Tuesday 27 February 2024
Event time
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Event address
In-person & online. Kirby Institute, Seminar Room Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney

In this talk, Professor Henry de Vries will give an overview of the latest developments in sexual healthcare and the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexually transmitted disease (STI) epidemiology. Although the talk's focus will be on the Dutch and European situation, similar outcomes have been seen across the globe.

Social and sexual distancing, a lack of healthcare resources and the eventual abandonment of lockdown measures all had profound influences on STI transmission. Mpox has been one of the coinciding global emergencies of international concern that coincided with the COVID-19 aftermath. The talk will conclude with a discussion of some of the measures at hand to curb future STI epidemics.

Henry de Vries

Henry de Vries

Dermatologist, Amsterdam University Medical Centres & the Amsterdam Sexual Health Centre, PHS Amsterdam

Henry de Vries is a dermatologist, Principal Investigator and Professor of skin infections at the University of Amsterdam. He also works at the Amsterdam Public Health Service STI clinic and the National Centre for Infectious diseases control. He is involved in clinical, epidemiological and diagnostic aspects of STI and emerging skin infections. Research topics are: STIs in gay men, lymphogranuloma venereum, human papillomavirus (HPV) related anal cancer precursor lesions (AIN), cutaneous leishmaniasis, and leprosy.


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