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Reported STDs in the U.S. dropped then resurged during the COVID-19 pandemic – July 16, 2021

New CDC data 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.

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Reported STDs reach all-time high for 6th consecutive year – April 13, 2021

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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1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a sexually transmitted infection – January 25, 2021

New data estimate that on any given day in 2018, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. had a sexually transmitted infection (STI). CDC 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.

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2020 STD Prevention Conference – September 14-24, 2020

The 2020 STD Prevention Conference, “2020 Vision: Disrupting Epidemics and Dismantling Disparities,” kicked off virtually on Monday, September 14. A roundtable discussion among those at the forefront of STD prevention efforts highlighted new data showing the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. STD programs and innovative strategies to reduce STDs in the U.S.

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Half of newborn syphilis cases occur due to prenatal testing and treatment gaps – June 4, 2020

Regional differences underscore the importance of tailoring prevention solutions to geographic region. In the South, lack of adequate treatment was the most common missed prevention opportunity, while in the West, lack of timely prenatal care was most common.

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STDs increased for the fifth consecutive year, reaching all-time high – October 8, 2019

CDC’s 2018 STD Surveillance Report show increases across all three of the most commonly reported STDs, with syphilis among newborns as a growing threat.

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Newborn syphilis cases more than double in four years, reaching 20-year high – September 25, 2018

CDC’s 2017 STD Surveillance Report show increases of congenital syphilis – when syphilis is passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or delivery – are outpacing overall increases of STDs nationwide.

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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.

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Fast Facts
  • More than 2.4 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2018.
  • The rise in gonorrhea nationally is particularly alarming in light of the growing threat of drug resistance to the last remaining recommended gonorrhea treatment.
  • In the past five years, cases of congenital syphilis nearly tripled (462 cases in 2014 to 1,306 cases in 2018).
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Page last reviewed: July 16, 2021