Youth are particularly at risk due to a high rate of infection and lack of access to testing and care.
are among those under the age of 25.
under the age of 25 will be infected with an STI.
have been tested in the past year.
This lack of access to testing/care may be due to multiple factors:
Youth may not have easy access to their primary care provider (e.g. living at college away from home)
51% are uncomfortable discussing sexual health issues and prefer the anonymity of third-party care
49% of primary care providers do not initiate a discussion about STI testing with their young patients.
This rise in STIs is consistent with popularity of dating apps, decreased condom use, disease complacency (e.g. HIV, AIDS) and generic, low-priced erectile-dysfunction medications.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that one of the greatest public health challenges of our time is antibiotic resistance.
people annually in the U.S. are affected by antibiotic-resistant infections.
as a result of those infections.
in financial health costs.
It is no surprise that fighting this threat is a public health priority.
A main barrier to the adoption of point-of-care tests for STIs has been the concern of antibiotic resistance believed to be exacerbated by blindly or unnecessarily prescribing drugs which, in addition to being ineffective treatment options, may promote greater resistance.
Clinical numbers have been taken from the 2018 Annual STI Report from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats18/default.htm
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