CDC Report Shows Disparities in STI Rates

In Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2010, a report recently published by the CDC, data showed that STIs disproportionately affect younger people, blacks and Hispanics. For example, rates of chlamydia among African Americans are about 1,383 per 100,000, compared with 467 per 100,000 among Hispanics and 166 per 100,000 for whites. The report noted that young adults ages 15 through 24 make up 25% of sexually active people in the U.S., but account for nearly half of new STI cases. The authors suggest that disparities in STI rates could stem from such things as differences in health insurance coverage, employment status, and ability to access preventive or curative services.

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