Pharmacists Role in STI Prevention and Treatment

The CDC estimates there are over 68 million Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S., with 26 million new cases each year. STIs are often associated with stigma, shame, and fear, which can prevent people from seeking testing and treatment. This stigma can lead to increased transmission rates, particularly in marginalized communities.

Annually, Americans visit their pharmacy 35 times versus four times at their primary care provider. Pharmacists are well-positioned to help destigmatize STIs and improve health outcomes through education, counseling, testing, and even treatment in some states.