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Even the Pandemic Didn't Stop STDs From Spreading in the U.S.

A new report from the CDC outlines how the pandemic affected sexually transmitted disease surveillance

After sexually transmitted diseases fell during the early months of pandemic lockdowns and social distancing, the U.S. saw a resurgence of some of the most common infections through the end of 2020, according to a report.

While STD diagnoses fell slightly overall to 2.4 million reported cases in 2020, gonorrhea, syphilis and congenital syphilis all surged later in the year to exceed 2019 totals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the report. Chlamydia remained the most common STD for the year, although cases declined overall, likely because of under-diagnosis. 

The World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020, and dozens of countries, including the U.S., locked down large segments of their populations to restrict spread and preserve hospital capacity. Even those strict measures, along with widespread concern about the health implications of personal contact, were insufficient to keep STDs to keep from spreading, the data suggest.