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As STI Rates Soar, Trump Is Funding Clinics That Don’t Believe in Condoms

Oct 11, 2019

By Marie Solis

Amid record rates of sexually transmitted infections, the Trump administration is handing out millions of dollars in federal funds to religiously affiliated health centers that don’t believe in condoms and refuse to supply them.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on STDs in the United States, announcing that, in 2018, the total number of cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis reached an all-time high of 2.4 million. It’s the fifth consecutive year of record STD rates. In the report’s foreword, Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s division of STD prevention, noted that it wasn’t long ago that “gonorrhea rates were at historic lows, [and] syphilis was close to elimination.”

“That progress has since unraveled,” Bolan wrote.

CDC officials say one factor contributing to the ballooning STD rates is a lack of access to preventative healthcare services. Therefore, curbing the spread of STDs requires federal, state, and local programs to expand access and promote “sexual, reproductive, maternal, and infant health,” according to the report.

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2 comments on “As STI Rates Soar, Trump Is Funding Clinics That Don’t Believe in Condoms

  • My very first comment after joining RDF this evening; sorry I’m late. The late great Christopher Hitchens led me on this path – oh grief, that sounds religious; I’m a devout atheist for the record. I was appalled to read the Trump administration is funding religious organisations that actively discourage condoms, with the consequential rise in STDs. This illogical anti-social practice was/is echoed in countries dominated by Catholicism. Strictly no protection despite HIV certainty – I continue to despair. You know all this, but as I said, I’m just getting started here and I will endeavour to make waves where it counts, hopefully with as much articulacy and intelligence as I can muster. Happy days 🐳 Report abuse

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