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This line graph shows the number of reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis from 2007-2012, broken down by men who have sex with men, men who have sex with women, and women. 

Trend data show that men who have sex with men account for three quarters (75 percent) of all primary and secondary syphilis cases.

Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease, and if not adequately treated, can lead to visual impairment and stroke.
Gay and Bisexual Men Face Highest – and Rising – Number of Syphilis Infections
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Trend data show that men who have sex with men account for three quarters (75 percent) of all primary and secondary syphilis cases. Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease, and if not adequately treated, can lead to visual impairment and stroke.

This bar chart shows the number of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases broken down by age groups. Percentages may not add to 100 because ages were unknown for a small number of cases. 

Of the 334,826 gonorrhea cases reported in 2012, 1% were among 0-14 year-olds, 24% were among 15-19 year-olds, 34% among 20-24 year-olds, 17% among 25-29 year-olds, 14% among 30-39 year- olds and 9% among those aged 40+.

Of the 1,422,976 chlamydia cases reported in 2012, 1% were among 0-14 year- olds, 30% were among 15-19 year-olds, 39% among 20-24 year-olds, 16% among 25-29 year-olds, 10% among 30-39 year-olds and 4% among those aged 40+.

While sexually transmitted diseases affect individuals of all ages, STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people.Surveillance data continues to show that numbers and rates of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases are highest in Americans between the ages of 15 and 24.
Most Reported Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Infections Occur among 15-24-Year-Olds
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While sexually transmitted diseases affect individuals of all ages, STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. Surveillance data continues to show that numbers and rates of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases are highest in Americans between the ages of 15 and 24.

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