STD Surveillance Report, 2012

January 8, 2014 – STDs Reported in the United States: 2012 National Data

Today, CDC released its 2012 STD Surveillance Report. This report presents data for three nationally reported STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – and shows that STDs continue to have a severe public health impact in the United States.


Graphics: STD Trends in the United States, 2012

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Small version of line graph showing the number of reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis from 2007-2012.

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.

Small version of bar chart showing the number of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases broken down by age groups.

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.



Page last reviewed: January 8, 2014