State budget negotiations are underway for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 that starts July 1st.
Now is the time for Californians to weigh in and urge Governor Newsom and legislative leaders to invest in addressing the sexually transmitted infection (STI) public health crisis.
For the 6th year in a row, STI rates increased in California and across the country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 5 people in the United States (U.S.) – and nearly 340,000 Californians – have an STI. In 2019, California ranked 4th in syphilis rates, 6th in congenital syphilis rates, and had the highest number of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases. Untreated STIs can lead to serious long-term health consequences, like infertility, blindness, cancer, negative maternal and child health outcomes, and infant death. Approximately $1 billion is spent annually statewide on health costs associated with STIs.
The STI epidemic is disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous and People of Color, rural regions, California youth, and LGBTQ+ communities. Studies conducted by the CDC suggest a range of factors linked to social determinants of health likely contribute to disparities in STI rates, including inequitable access to safe, quality, client-centered, and culturally competent health and substance use treatment services, as well as high rates of incarceration, lack of access to economic mobility and education opportunities, adequate housing, racial segregation, and racism. These inequities are expected to be exacerbated a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The time for action is long overdue.
The scope of the STI public health crisis requires bold action and increased state investment in targeted and evidence-based prevention strategies.
Take Action TODAY: Urge Governor Newsom and legislative leaders to invest in STI prevention
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