HHS Releases First National Strategic Plan to Address Sexually Transmitted Infections
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing the first-ever national plan to address the public health crisis caused by alarming increases in rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States over the past six years. The STI National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 (STI Plan) sets national goals, objectives, and strategies to respond to the STI epidemic. The plan will serve as a roadmap to help federal and non-federal stakeholders at all levels and in all sectors reverse the sharp upward trends in STI rates.
"The consequences of the STI epidemic are steep. When left untreated, STIs can lead to long-term, irreversible health outcomes affecting the quality of life for millions of Americans and costing the health care system billions of dollars annually," said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health. "The STI Plan provides an actionable roadmap to develop and implement programs at the national, state and local levels to help our nation stem and reverse the growing STI epidemic in the U.S."