Incidence of multiple sexually transmitted infections has been growing for several years, according to just-released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases of syphilis alone grew at a 32% rate from 2020 to 2021; gonorrhea has climbed steadily over a 5-year period; and chlamydia cases have been picking up after a brief, minor reduction in 2020. At the same time, multiple factors point to a crisis of accessing care. For one, many younger patients are eschewing traditional primary care relationships and may not have a “go-to” healthcare provider they trust. And, as pointed out in The Rising Importance of Urgent Care in the Fight Against the STI Epidemic, with the recent closure of many STI specialty clinics, it’s likely that urgent care will be called upon to shoulder a significant share of the burden. To assess whether you and your team are ready, consider taking part in a free webinar JUCM has scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, from 2 to 3 pm, Eastern. Ina Park, MD will lead a discussion of current and emerging treatment options that will be essential in leading the fight. Click here for more information or to register.
New Data Paint a Grim Picture in the Fight Against STI’s. Is Urgent Care Prepared?