Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes when implemented in multiple real-life settings, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Funded Sexually Transmitted Disease Programs

Wright, S. S., Kreisel, K. M., Hitt, J. C., Pagaoa, M. A., Weinstock, H. S., Thorpe, P. G.

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Outreach/ Education/ Communications
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

The article examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CDC-funded sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) prevention programs in the United States using the results of a survey administered to 59 CDC-funded STD programs. It highlights disruptions in STD testing, treatment, and prevention services due to COVID-19-related restrictions and resource shifts. The study findings reveal a significant decline in STD testing and case reports, and a shift toward telehealth services during the pandemic. Moreover, there was reduced availability of STD prevention interventions such as condom distribution and permanent reassignments of disease intervention specialist staff. The article emphasizes the need for sustained investment and flexibility in STD prevention programs to address the long-term consequences of the pandemic on sexual health services.

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Improve Organizational Infrastructure, Reduction of Health Disparities

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