STD Multimedia Resources
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CDC dataexternal icon show that during March-April 2020, reported STD cases dramatically decreased compared to the same time in 2019. However, a resurgence in gonorrhea and syphilis cases later in the year suggest overall STDs may have increased during 2020.
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.
CDC estimates that on any given day in 2018, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. had a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Analyses, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, show the burden of diagnosed and undiagnosed STIs in the U.S., and the estimated medical costs associated with STIs.
Using 2018 data, CDC researchers found that testing and treatment gaps accounted for half of newborn syphilis cases in the U.S. Prevention gaps differed by region.
According to CDC’s annual STD Surveillance Report, cases of congenital syphilis more than doubled since 2013 (362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017), reaching a 20-year high and outpacing overall increases in STDs nationwide.
CDC presented preliminary surveillance data (2017) at the 2018 STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. It found recent increases STDs have continued for four consecutive years — and that the nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2017 exceed the previous 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases.
CDC data from the 2016 STD surveillance report show more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever.
Data for three nationally reported STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – show unprecedented highs in 2015. CDC calls for expanded prevention efforts in light of these increases.
Below are audio clips featuring NCHHSTP Director Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH and Division of STD Director Gail Bolan, MD. To save the audio clip, right click the audio player and select the “Save audio as…” option.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin on the nation’s decisive moment regarding STDs
Dr. Jonathan Mermin on reversing the STD epidemics
Dr. Gail Bolan on the importance of talking openly about STDs
Dr. Gail Bolan on the devastating consequences of syphilis
Data (2015) presented at the conference reinforces that sexually active gay and bisexual men are at high risk for syphilis – and that syphilis affects gay and bisexual men in some parts of the country more than others.
Half of the estimated 20 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that occur each year in the United States occur among young adults ages 15-24. The following graphics can help inform your stories on this important topic.