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2018 STD Prevention Conference: New CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STDs – August 28, 2018
CDC presented preliminary surveillance data at the 2018 STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. It found recent increases in sexually transmitted diseases (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 also presented the latest information on emerging antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea — and underscored the continued concerns about this potential threat.
CDC data released today show STD diagnoses at record high in U.S. – September 26, 2017
New CDC data show more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Surveillance Report released today.
2015 STD Surveillance Report – October 19, 2016
New CDC data for three nationally reported STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – combined have reached unprecedented highs, and CDC calls for expanded prevention efforts in light of these increases.
2016 STD Prevention Conference – September 22, 2016
This year’s conference focuses on identifying and transforming barriers into prevention opportunities. New data presented on Thursday, reinforce the risk of syphilis among gay and bisexual men. Additionally, an earlier press briefing, reported the occurrence of the first cluster of gonorrhea cases in the U.S. to show decreased susceptibility to both drugs that are the last available effective treatment option. Additional information on a promising new experimental oral antibiotic treatment was also discussed.
Huffington Post Op-Ed Blog by Dr. Jonathan Mermin, NCHHSTP Director “The Too-Well-Kept Secret to Preventing STDs” – May 21, 2015
- Total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever.
- There are about 20 million new STIs in the US each year.
- CDC estimates STD cases cost the U.S. healthcare system nearly $16 billion each year.
Gail Bolan, MD
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