New California Law Addresses STI Epidemic With At-Home Test Kits

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, Amy Moy, the chief external affairs officer at Essential Access Health, outlines measures needed to address the sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemic in the United States.

On January 1, 2022, California law SB-306 went into effect with the aim of reducing soaring sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates in the state. As part of SB-306, California now requires health insurance to cover at-home STI testing kits and requires syphilis screening during both the first and third trimester of pregnancy, in addition to other mitigation strategies.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, US STI rates were reaching crisis levels, with CDC data showing an increase of nearly 20% of chlamydia cases between 2015 and 2019, an increase of more than 50% of gonorrhea cases within this time window, and an over 70% increase in cases of syphilis. All 3 of these conditions are curable, if detected early enough and treated correctly.

To learn more about SB-306, we spoke with Amy Moy, the chief external affairs officer at Essential Access Health, one of the bill’s co-sponsors.

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, Moy outlines what SB-306 does, how it addresses some of the stigma associated with STI testing, and describes what else is needed to improve the STI epidemic in California and the United States as a whole.

This episode of Managed Care Cast is part of the new American Journal of Managed Care® Podcast Prevention Series, bringing you the latest news on prevention advancements in disease.

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