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February 13, 2013

New Estimates Reveal More Than 110 Million STIs in the United States

STIs in the United States - image of glass globe with North America facing, resting on a background of dollar signs; the glass reflects an image of infected cellsCDC released new sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence, incidence, and cost estimates that show the tremendous health and economic toll STIs have in the United States.

CDC’s new estimates show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone.

America’s youth shoulder a substantial burden of these infections. CDC estimates that half of all new STIs in the country occur among young men and women. In addition, CDC published an overall estimate of the number of prevalent STIs in the nation. Prevalence is the total number of new and existing infections at a given time. CDC’s new data suggests that there are more than 110 million total STIs among men and women across the nation.

CDC’s analyses included eight common STIs in the United States: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV), herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, and trichomoniasis.  

While many of these STIs – particularly HPV – will not cause serious harm, several infections do have the potential to cause severe health problems if not diagnosed and treated.  Undiagnosed and untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea, for example, can put a woman at increased risk of chronic pelvic pain, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, and can increase a woman’s chance of infertility.

Given that STIs are so widespread among the general population, many Americans are at substantial risk of exposure to STIs.  This underscores the need for STI prevention – particularly among young people.  CDC encourages health care providers to speak openly and honestly with their young patients.

Spotlight on HPV: Public Health Grand Rounds

Public Health Grand Rounds - image of three young people, a medical professional, and the words 'HPV Vaccination'On Tuesday, February 19th, DSTDP staff will present a session titled “Reducing the Burden of HPV - associated Cancer and Disease through HPV vaccination in the US” for the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds.

Join us to learn more about HPV vaccination and how CDC, state and local health departments, and health care providers can work together to increase vaccination levels and reduce the substantial burden of HPV-associated disease. In addition to hearing the latest data and best practices for HPV prevention, free training and continuing education opportunities are available for watching the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds. Registration is not required to watch the live webcast; however, you must register for continuing education.

Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on February 19th, 2013 at 1 p.m., EST in the Global Communications Center (Building 19) on the main CDC campus.  For those who cannot attend in person, a live external webcast will be available.

Presenters include Dr. Eileen F. Dunne, MPH, and  Dr. Lauri E. Markowitz from CDC’s Division of STD Prevention; Dr. Mona Saraiya MPH from CDC’s  Division of Cancer Prevention and Control;  Shannon Stokley, MPH from CDC’s Division of Immunization Services; and Dr. Amy Middleman MSEd, MPH from  the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research.

To view the webcast or for more information, visit Public Health Grand Rounds.

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Upcoming Events for DSTDP

GYT: Get Yourself Tested Webinars

Presentation of GYT case studies to help colleges and universities identify innovative strategies and tactics used to host a GYT STI/HIV testing event while engaging and empowering college students around the issues of testing and sexual health.

February 19, 2013, 11:30 -1:00 (ET) Register here
February 27, 2013, 3:00-4:30 (ET) Register here

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds:

“Reducing the Burden of HPV - associated Cancer and Disease through HPV vaccination in the US”

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February 19th, 2013; 1:00-2:00 pm, ET
Global Communications Center (Building 19), Main CDC campus

2013 STD Prevention Science Series:

The Microbiome of the Penis in Adolescent Men

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March 7, 2013 1:00-2:00 pm, ET
8 Corporate Square Conference Room 1A, Atlanta, GA

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 10th

World TB Day

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March 24th

2010 STD Treatment Guidelines Webinar:

Focus on the Treatment of STDs in Military Populations

March 27, 2013
Time and Webinar information to follow



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