Nope. The "rate" of STDs is a function of how it is measured. Lack of routine testing means people go in to a doctor and get tested when they think they might have an STD. If testing was routine (ie, everyone did it once a year routinely) then the denominator in that rate would be the entire population, rather than the people who think they might have been exposed.
Thus, lack of routine STD testing is in fact responsible for the high rate of positive STD tests.
I take no position on whether the executive director at the National Coalition of STD Directors was deliberately playing word games, but he certainly seems to have a strong incentive to push for routine STD testing.
This entry was published Mon Oct 29 04:33:21 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2018-10-26 18:40:07.0.