STDs Reported in the United States, 2014

November 17, 2015 – New report finds STDs are increasing

Today, CDC released its 2014 STD Surveillance Report, which finds that overall reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have all increased for the first time since 2006.


Multimedia: Syphilis Increase

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Reported Primary & Secondary Syphilis Cases, 2000-2014
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This graphic shows the dramatic increase in reported primary and secondary syphilis cases from 2000-2014. In 2000, there were 5,979 reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis. Women accounted for 41 percent of those cases and men accounted for 59 percent. In 2005, there were 8,274 cases reported (15 percent women; 85 percent men) and in 2010 there were 13,774 cases reported (13 percent women; 87 percent men). In 2014, there were nearly 20,000 reported cases with women accounting for nine percent and men accounting for 91 percent. Additionally in 2014, 83 percent of male cases affected men who have sex with men.


Graphics: STD Trends in the United States, 2014

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Gay and Bisexual Men Face Highest – and Rising – Number of Syphilis Infections
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Trend data show rates of syphilis are increasing at an alarming rate (15.1 percent in 2014). Men account for more than 90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases and men who have sex with men (MSM) account for 83 percent of male cases where the sex of the sex partner is known. Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease, and if not adequately treated, can lead to visual impairment and stroke.


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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 shows both the numbers and rates of reported cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea continues to be highest among young people aged 15-24.

Page last reviewed: November 17, 2015