About the Division of STD Prevention
The mission of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to provide national leadership, research, policy development, and scientific information to help people live safer, healthier lives by the prevention of STDs and their complications. This mission is accomplished by assisting health departments, healthcare providers and non-government organizations (NGO) through the provision of timely science-based information and by clearly interpreting such information to the general public and policy makers. The Division’s specific disease prevention goals are contextualized within the broader framework of the social determinants of health, the promotion of sexual health, and the primary prevention of sexually transmitted disease.
CDC's Division of STD Prevention concentrates its efforts on four focus areas to guide STD prevention and maximize long term impact.
- Adolescents and Young Adults – Sexually transmitted diseases primarily affect young people with health consequences that can last a lifetime.
- Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) – MSM are impacted by HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and gonorrhea at concerning rates.
- Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea – Data continue to show concerning patterns of declining susceptibility to Cephalosporins -- the only remaining gonorrhea treatment.
- Congenital Syphilis – Syphilis infection is a serious concern for pregnant women, as it can cause stillbirth and lead to physical and mental developmental disabilities in babies.
DSTDP is a Division in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).