April 13, 2022
The number of cases of some sexually transmitted diseases continues to rise by 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, while overall STD cases have dropped, the Center for Disease said. Control and Prevention in a new report.
The incidence of gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis increased in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the CDC. However, incidence of chlamydia has dropped compared to 2019, as has the number of STD cases. Overall, the U.S. will have about 2.4 million STD cases in 2020, up from 2.6 million cases in 2019, according to the CDC.
The report said that STD case rates may have fallen for a number of reasons related to COVID-19: home stay orders, increased unemployment that has resulted in people having access to health insurance, and extensive use of telemedicine where lab tests are not carried out.
“COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our health care system and STD program resources,” the report said. “It is not clear how the disease will affect future STD screening data. However, there is no reason to believe that we will return to ‘business as usual’ with reporting an STD case. every now and then. ”
The reported drop in chlamydia cases may have come because COVID has put in place health care systems, not because of the actual drop in patients, the report said.
“A number of authorities have reported serious impacts on staff and testing and medical equipment, undermining a health care system,” the report said. “COVID-19 has had significant problems in STD screening and prevention, and these problems are highlighted in this new report.”
The CDC reports the following case studies:
- There will be 1,579,885 cases of chlamydia reported in 2020, down 13% from the previous year.
- There will be 688,769 cases of gonorrhea reported in 2020, down 10% from the previous year.
- There will be 133,945 cases of all -grade syphilis reported by 2020, a 7% increase over the previous year.
- There will be 2,148 cases of congenital syphilis reported in 2020, an increase of 15% over the previous year and a 235% increase from 2016.
The CDC says the prevalence of congenital syphilis is alarming because the disease can cause health problems in children and can be prevented with supervision. Congenital syphilis is more common in small communities than in white communities, indicating the impact of STDs in small populations.
“This … shows that the nation is not providing quality health care for all those who need it,” Leandro Mena, MD, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, said Said during the celebration Tuesday, according to ABC News.