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The US has a record number of sexually transmitted diseases and COVID-19 is making things worse, experts say

Added 10-25-21 11:14:01am EST - “People are now less inclined to use condoms, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases isn't as readily available, one expert told The Guardian.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The US has a record number of sexually transmitted diseases and COVID-19 is making things worse, experts say”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Top US public health experts have warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the country's efforts to tackle record numbers of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).

David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD directors, a non-profit focused on sexual health, told the Guardian that rates of STIs "were at their highest number in American history." "That has continued through the pandemic up to the current time," he said.

Harvey said that during the pandemic there was "a massive interruption to our ability to test and treat in America and that exacerbated and made the problem worse," adding that the US hadn't kept up with "needed" public health program investments to educate Americans about the risk of STIs. 

STIs don't always cause symptoms, especially in women, which means that detection relies on testing. If left untreated some STIs can cause infertility, cancer, and death. Each year 26 million new STIs occur in the US, costing nearly $16 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The CDC said in April that sexually transmitted diseases STDs) in the US were at an all-time-high for the sixth year in a row in 2019. Preliminary 2020 data suggested "many of these concerning trends continued in 2020 when much of the country experienced major disruptions to STD testing and treatment services due to the COVID-19 pandemic," it said.

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