Cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U.S. increased during the pandemic in 2021, with syphilis cases experiencing the highest surge in nearly 70 years.
The preliminary data covering cases for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis last year showed an increase in all four types of STDs.
“STDs continued to increase during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with no signs of slowing,” the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated.
In an interview with Politico, CDC Division of STD Prevention Director Leandro Mena blamed the underfunding of public health programs for the increased number of cases. Increased opioid and methamphetamine usage has also led to the increased sharing of needles, Mena also mentioned, along with the decreased usage of condoms