2018 STD Surveillance Report
October 8, 2019 – STDs increased for the fifth consecutive year, reaching all-time high
According to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, STDs increased for the fifth consecutive year – with nearly 2.5 million combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Cases of congenital syphilis – syphilis passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy– increased 40 percent from 2017-2018. Congenital syphilis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death, and severe lifelong physical and neurological problems.
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CDC’s surveillance data found recent increases in STDs have continued for five consecutive years — totaling over 2.4 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.