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Public Health Reports: Existence, Distribution, and Characteristics of STD Clinics in the U.S., 2017

In a recent study in Public Health Reports, Drs. Beth E. Meyerson, Laura T. Haderxhanaj, M. Aaron Sayegh, Megan K. Simmons, and Mr. Gurprit Multani, Ms. Lindsey Naeyaert, and Ms. Audra Meador of Indiana University School of Public Health—Bloomington, Dr. Alissa Davis of Columbia University School of Social Work, and Dr. Hilary Reno and Dr. Bradley P. Stoner of Washington University in St. Louis studied the number, type, and distribution of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinics nationwide and described selected community characteristics associated with them.

A 2-phased, multilevel, online search was conducted from September 2014 to March 2015 and from May to October 2017 for the purpose of identifying STD clinics in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. Data on clinic name, address, contact information, and 340B funding status was obtained and clinics were classified by type. Secondary county-level data was also obtained. Results comprised 4079 STD clinics, which were classified into 10 types. Twelve states had an STD clinic in every county, and 34 states had 1 clinic per 100,000 population. Most STD clinics were located in areas of high chlamydia morbidity and where alternative needs were greatest. The authors concluded that this list may aid in more comprehensive national studies of clinic services, STD clinic adaptation to external policy changes, and long-term clinic survival, with special attention to clinic coverage in rural areas.

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research, reviews, and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and teaching at schools and programs of public health schools and teaching. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthPHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.

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