Why are STD rates rising in the United States?
After a long Covid-related delay, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its latest sexually transmitted disease surveillance report, and the numbers are alarming. For the 6th consecutive year, the rate of STDs in the United States has reached an all-time high.
Highlights from the CDC report include that chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis topped the list of the most commonly reported new STD infections. Together, infections caused by these three reportable diseases increased by almost 30% from 2015 to 2019.
One of the reasons why during the pandemic many testing labs were understaffed or had to focus entirely on Covid-19 in an attempt to keep pace with the pandemic, experts say. This may have led to undertesting of STD infections nationwide. Lack of routine access to STD testing and treatment may have contributed to higher infection rates.
At Hackensack University Medical Center, we offer comprehensive STD evaluation and screening. Our inpatient and outpatient facilities have the capacity to diagnose and treat common and rare STDs. Although consideration of factors such as age and risk factors influences decision-making for testing, patients who wish to be tested do not need to provide justification and will not be denied screening. screening tests. It is crucial to diagnose and treat STDs as early as possible, as some can lead to consequences such as infertility and cancer.
April being STD Awareness Month, we hope you will consider coming together during this month to raise awareness about sexually transmitted infections and diseases, help reduce the stigma around STDs, and provide concrete steps to help mitigate the increase in STDs locally and across the country. .