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U.S. Syphilis Cases in Newborns Continue to Increase: A 10-Times Increase Over a Decade – November 7, 2023
CDC is recommending concerted action to stop the increase of newborn syphilis cases and continues to sound the alarm about the consequences of a rapidly accelerating epidemic of sexually transmitted infections in the United States. Syphilis during pregnancy can cause tragic outcomes, like miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, and lifelong medical issues. Newborn syphilis occurs when mothers do not receive timely testing and treatment during pregnancy.
U.S. STI Epidemic Showed No Signs of Slowing in 2021 – April 11, 2023
Reported cases of the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all increased between 2020 and 2021 – reaching a total of more than 2.5 million reported cases. CDC calls for more groups to contribute to STI prevention and innovation efforts.
Response to New STI Prevention Tools & Approaches Research at CROI 2023 – February 20, 2023
More tools are desperately needed in the nation’s fight against STIs. Ongoing increases in reported STIs show no signs of slowing without long-term investment and game-changing innovations in STI prevention, rapid diagnostics, vaccine-development, and treatment. The recent momentum in research exploring STI prevention is encouraging, particularly in a field that has lacked innovation for so long.
The first look at the data presented at the 2022 International AIDS Conference showed doxy-PEP demonstrated significant effectiveness and tolerability against these common STIs in gay and bisexual men and transgender women with HIV or taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) over the course of this study.
STDs continued to increase in 2020 – April 12, 2022
STDs in the United States decreased during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most resurged by the end of that year as reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis surpassed 2019 levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leandro Mena, MD, MPH
Director, Division of STD Prevention
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