Syphilis Soars: AHF Urges Congress to Boost Prevention Funding

In Advocacy, Featured, News by Brian Shepherd

With alarmingly high rates of preventable syphilis and congenital syphilis skyrocketing to nearly 20% higher than in 2023, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) urges U.S. Congress to reverse proposed cuts and increase funding for sexually transmitted infection prevention programs and improved access to testing and treatment.

“Sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, are at an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year, yet budgets for these programs are being cut every year,” said Lauren Natoli, Associate Director of Research and Advocacy for AHF’s Public Health Division. “We cannot hope to reverse the tide of STIs without renewed investment and attention to public health efforts. It is time to reinvest in public health and sex education.”

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