Nova Scotians had to abide by the rules of social and physical distancing for almost three months, but according to the Halifax Sexual Health Center, several people seeking sexual encounters likely did not follow this instruction.
Meetings took place through dating apps, a worrying situation according to the organization.
Several applications facilitate meetings between people, whether for overnight meetings or for longer-term relationships.
With the arrival of COVID-19, these meetings were rare, out of respect for public health security measures. The Halifax Sexual Health Center believes, however, that this was short-lived. He estimates that after two to four weeks, people have shown a certain carelessness towards the measures of physical distancing.
Michel Dorais, sexologist at Laval University, is not surprised by the observation. He believes that fleeting sexual encounters can fill a certain human need.
«There are people who are all alone, who need affection, who need attention, to meet human warmth and often for many people, it goes partly or entirely, through sexuality.»
But these kinds of encounters may be riskier these days, since routine screening for sexually transmitted infections in the province has been suspended, given COVID-19.
The Halifax Sexual Health Center hopes that with the improvement of the provincial situation, it will soon be able to once again offer routine tests to the public.
From a report by Paul Légère