Budget cuts a possible factor for America’s rising STD rates

After hitting record lows around 2009, gonorrhea rates have been climbing steadily. Chlamydia and syphilis rates have also been increasing, hitting record national highs in 2016.A likely culprit? Lack of early screening.The 2008 recession led to severe budget cuts, which drastically affected state and local STD program budgets. In 2009, 34 states cut STD program funding. These cuts directly affected laboratory, clinical care and screening services, thus nearly removing affordable access for low-income individuals.

Source: Budget cuts a possible factor for America’s rising STD rates – AOL News

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