Early numbers suggest STD rates are quietly skyrocketing across the US, as fewer people get tested and treated during the pandemic
- As public health departments across the country work to contain COVID-19 outbreaks, contact tracers – the people who warn others they might’ve been exposed to an infectious disease – are in short supply.
- Many public health department workers who typically trace HIV and STD cases are being redeployed to trace coronavirus cases.
- Business Insider spoke with contact tracers and public health experts who are worried that the country is barreling towards some new record-high STD and HIV rates.
- Fewer people are getting tested and treated for sexually-transmitted infections during this pandemic.
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Jenine Clements used to spend her workdays visiting local jails, knocking on front doors, making phone calls to labs and clinics, and taking to people who walked into her local health department.
Some of the people she spoke to, over the phone, on their doorsteps, and in state facilities, would tell her they were experiencing troubling changes in their bodies, like feeling a burning …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]