Adolescents and STDs: A Call to Action for Providers and Health Plans
Nearly half of the 20 million new STD infections in the U.S. each year are among 15-24 year olds.* Yet many teens are not routinely tested for STDs as the CDC recommends, delaying possible diagnosis and treatment and undermining prevention efforts. Given that STDs are associated with life-long poor health outcomes and health care costs of more than $16 billion per year,* it is critical that providers and health plans work to reduce the disproportionate impact of STDs on youth.
This webinar highlighted opportunities for improving the prevention and diagnosis of STDs among adolescents, including the following:
- resources for communicating with providers about the importance of assessing sexual risk and testing for STDs
- the potential of the ACA to improve access to STD services for youth
- considerations for effectively reaching adolescents, including the importance of confidentiality
- a successful health plan collaborative focused on improving chlamydia screening rates in Minnesota