During the coronovirus epidemic, sexually transmitted disease cases dropped due to “sexually disturbing” and decreased testing and reporting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said during the STD Prevention Conference this week.
The CDC said in a roundtable discussion on Monday that it is estimated that thousands of syphilis cases have become unwanted due to thousands of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea and lack of testing.
The CDC presentation provided to Fox News attributed the decline in sexually transmitted infections due to sexual disturbances during stay orders and social disturbances during the epidemic. The CDC said that limited tests for STDs were also due to sexual health clinics closing their doors or cutting back on the person’s visit during the onset of the novel coronavirus outbreak in February.
According to the presentation, the outbreak of CODID-19 caused primary care physicians not to see non-medical care cases, while the trial also declined as STD cassverters were convinced to help with demand.
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The roundtable discussion presented a case study where approximately 30% of STD and HIV clinics in St. Louis closed down and more than 60% of clinics reduced their services when a stay home order was implemented in the state. During that period, more than 40% of condom distribution sites in that area closed and tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea declined by 45%, reaching a low in April, according to the presentation. Studies by the Department of Health have found that tests for those diseases, which were cured in April-June, were stopped.
Earlier this month the CDC discussed that STD testing may be limited in the coming months due to the limited availability of test kits and lab supplies due to the coronovirus epidemic.
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The CDC said new guidelines earlier this month state that there is a current shortage of STI test kits and laboratory supplies for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea nucleic acid amplification tests. The guidelines suggested health care providers how to conduct ration tests if needed and how to prioritize the most at-risk patients.
According to a CDC report, before the coronovirus epidemic hit, STD rates were at record highs in the US. Health officials said that if diagnosed early, most sexually transmitted diseases can be treated, but if left untreated, infertility can occur and even be fatal.