Reported STDs reach all-time high for 6th consecutive year

April 13, 2021 – More than 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea & syphilis reported in 2019

New CDC data show that reported annual cases of STDs in the United States continued to climb in 2019, reaching an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year.



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6th consecutive year of RECORD-BREAKING STD cases

The line graph shows the reported new STD cases per year from 2014 to 2019 and that 2019 was the 6th consecutive year of record-breaking STD cases.

There were approximately 1.9 million reported new STD cases in 2014, 2 million in 2015, 2.2 million in 2016, 2.4 million in 2017, 2.5 million in 2018, and 2.6 million in 2019.

Disparities in STDs persist among racial & ethnic minority groups

The graphic shows that while STDs are increasing across many groups, in 2019 disparities in STDs persisted among some racial and ethnic minority groups.

In 2019 STD rates for Hispanic or Latino people were 1-2 times that of non-Hispanic White people

In 2019 STD rates for American Indian or Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander people were 3-5 times that of non-Hispanic White people

In 2019 STD rates for African American or Black people were 5-8 times that of non-Hispanic White people.

Syphilis in newborns is on the rise in U.S.

The graphic states that congenital syphilis is a disease that can cause miscarriages, premature births, stillbirths, or even death of newborn babies.

The graphic shows that cases of congenital syphilis have nearly quadrupled between 2015 and 2019. There were 492 cases of congenital syphilis in 2015, 639 cases in 2016, 935 cases in 2017, 1,306 cases in 2018, and 1,870 cases in 2019.

The graphic states a mother is likely to pass syphilis on to her baby if she is not treated.

Page last reviewed: April 13, 2021