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Just last week, we shared the news that freedom from masking and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 infection is expected to usher in an increase in the rate of sexually transmitted infection. Now Baptist Health South Florida reports that spring breakers visiting the area are already driving up visits associated with concerns for STIs. In a post on its website, BHSF encourages patients to seek assessment and treatment as soon as they’re been exposed to possible infection. Consider their experience a harbinger of things to come in your area. As we noted previously, an article recently published by the Journal of the American Medical Association offers highlights of the most recent STI guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For an urgent care-specific discussion, read STDs: Assessment and Treatment in Urgent Care in the JUCM archive.

Follow-Up: The Jump in Sexually Transmitted Disease Has Already Begun—and Urgent Care Is on the Front Line