Article: The Potential Impact and Availability of Sexual Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 15, 2020 | Julia Zigman

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.

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About Julia Zigman

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Julia Zigman is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis team. Julia focuses primarily on NACCHO’s Ending the HIV Epidemic portfolio and is a lead staff member for the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup. Learn more about these programs here.

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