This article in the Journal of American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association reviews a provider survey conducted to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the availability of sexual health care services in New York City. Key findings include:
- As of April 1, 2020, the majority of clinics providing sexual health services indicated a significant decrease in the regular services they were able to provide. There was a decrease in all services provided except for an expansion in telehealth services.
- From March 1 to April 1, 2020 there was a 75% reduction in services surrounding pregnancy termination.
- As of April 1, only 18% of sites previously offering STI testing for either symptomatic or asymptomatic patients were still able to offer testing to asymptomatic patients. Additionally, only ~25% of sites were able to offer HIV testing.