Changes in Testing and Diagnoses of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV During the COVID-19 Pandemic : Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Changes in Testing and Diagnoses of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chang, Jennifer J. MD; Chen, Qiaoling MS; Dionne-Odom, Jodie MD, MSPH; Hechter, Rulin C. MD, PhD†,§; Bruxvoort, Katia J. PhD, MPH†,¶

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases 49(12):p 851-854, December 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001639

We evaluated changes in rates of testing and diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections during the 2017–2020 period at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. During the COVID-19 pandemic period, we observed profound reductions in testing and fewer diagnoses of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV compared with prepandemic periods, but syphilis diagnoses rates increased by 32%.

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