Data from more than 100 clinics reveals urgent need for supplies, information, and staffing
The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), the association representing state and local health department sexually transmitted disease (STD) directors and staff, has conducted the first known survey on sexual health clinics’ capacity to manage the emerging monkeypox outbreak. The survey of more than 100 clinics—including categorical STI clinics, FQHCs, reproductive health clinics, ASOs, CBOs, and primary care providers—conducted on June 14-16, 2022, demonstrates that clinics have the willingness and skills to play a central role in the monkeypox response, but need supplies, information, and staffing to scale up an appropriate response.
NCSD developed the STD Clinic Capacity Survey – Monkeypox Response to assess the needs of clinics that may see monkeypox patients nationwide and distributed it via NCSD’s listserv of clinics on June 14-16, 2022. It is the first assessment of clinics’ capacity to respond to the growing outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S. Clinics on the listserv include more than 1,000 categorical STD clinics, family planning clinics, primary care providers, health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), AIDS services organizations, and other health providers that participate in NCSD’s Clinic + network or receive training or information about STDs.