State and local health departments in the US are grappling with significant budget reductions for their prevention programs aimed at sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). The termination of a $1 billion investment has led to diminished funding for these initiatives, thereby hindering efforts to address the alarming surge in cases of syphilis. The lack of financial resources has had a detrimental impact on the expansion of the disease intervention specialist workforce and the capacity to provide timely care and prevention services for expectant women and their newborns. Mississippi, Nevada, and Arizona are currently among the states encountering difficulties in curbing the spread of syphilis.
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