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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.
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
- Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017.
- 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 four years, cases of congenital syphilis have more than doubled since 2013 (362 cases in 2013 to 918 cases in 2017).
Gail Bolan, MD
Director, Division of STD Prevention
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