2018 STD Prevention Conference
August 28, 2018 – New CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STDs
The biennial National STD Prevention Conference took place in Washington, D.C., from Aug. 27-30, 2018, under the theme, “Intersecting Epidemics, Integrated Solutions.” As part of the official conference press briefing, CDC presented preliminary data showing five-year trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that included preliminary data for 2017. The analysis found that the nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2017 exceeded the previous 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases. It also found that from 2013 to 2017:
- Recent increases in STDs have continued for four consecutive years.
- Syphilis cases nearly doubled.
- Gonorrhea cases increased by 67%.
- Chlamydia remained at record highs.
The latest information on the continued threat of untreatable gonorrhea was also discussed, along with solutions to counter the nation’s STD epidemic.
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In addition to the sharp increase in gonorrhea cases, new CDC data show that we continue to see warning signs that resistance is emerging — and that the threat of untreatable gonorrhea persists in the United States.