Sexually transmitted infections in the United States have risen again since 2021.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S the STD rose after a slight dip during the first year of the pandemic.
Combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rose 6% in 2021, reaching a total of more than 2.53 million reported cases and nearing the pre-pandemic of 2.55 million.
In 2020, there were about 2.39 million cases.
“Syphilis had the largest increase, 32%, from nearly 134,000 cases in 2020 to nearly 177,000 cases in 2021. Chlamydia cases rose about 4% in 2021, reaching 1.64 million; gonorrhea cases also rose about 4% that year, to 710,000.”
The CDC claims that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local health clinics shuttered or became focused on pandemic-related services. But these community-based hubs are crucial for educating people about STIs and providing basic services, such as testing and treatment.