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Local budget constraints hamper fight against STDs

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Certain sexually transmitted diseases continue to increase in prevalence, but experts say this may be due in part to the lack of flexible hours at local clinics, which make it difficult for individuals to seek STD testing.

At a recent meeting of the Cumberland County, North Carolina Board of Commissioners, public health officials reported that there were 111 cases of HIV and 48 cases of AIDS diagnosed in the county in 2011, which is a significant increase over the numbers from 2010, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

Commissioner Jeannette Council said she would like to see the local Health Department clinic operate beyond its typical 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule, but recognized that the department does not have the resources to offer extended hours.

Many communities across the country are likely being faced with similar situations, as budget constraints have forced local governments to cut back on services.

This represents a major problem in the battle against sexually transmitted diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that regular STD testing among sexually active adults plays a key role in preventing the spread of infections. ADNFCR-2248-ID-800793969-ADNFCR

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