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An advantage of the Obama administration’s new health care law is it will open up STD testing and treatment to more people, added Ms. Kent. STD screenings will fall under qualified prevention services, so people will be able to get tested without a co-payment, she said.

The new CDC report does not include data on HIV/AIDS, which is covered separately. Other STDs, like herpes and human papillomavirus, are discussed in the new report, but these infections are not reportable and reliable data is sparse.