STD Multimedia Resources
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Reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States decreased during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most resurged by the end of that year. Reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis surpassed 2019 levels, while chlamydia declined (likely due to decreased STD screening and underdiagnosis during the pandemic). The data provide the clearest picture yet of COVID-19’s impact on the U.S. STD epidemic.
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.
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