Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have reached an all-time high. Here in North Carolina, these increases are alarming – and they disproportionately impact young people, especially young people of color.
- 66% of new Chlamydia diagnoses
- 48% of new Gonorrhea diagnoses
- More than a quarter of all new HIV diagnoses
- Ensure that all young people have access to high quality sex education and other health information so they understand STIs and how to maintain their own health.
- Increase access to teen-friendly healthcare – including testing, treatment, and PrEP for HIV prevention – and build providers’ capacity to serve adolescent patients.
- Engage existing tools, systems, and opportunities to address STIs and identify where we need implement new strategies.
- Challenge stigma with both young people and adults while building awareness of the rising STI rates and strategies to address them.