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  • 2015 STD Surveillance Report. Combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis at record high. Young people and gay & bisexual mean still at greatest risk. Prevention requires strong & sustained public health commitment.
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Gay, Bisexual & Other MSM

Men who have sex with men have higher rates of STDs.

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STDs during Pregnancy

For a healthier baby, ask your doctor about STD testing.

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Adolescents & Young Adults

15-24 year olds account for half of all new STD infections.

Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States: CDC issues a call to action for communities impacted by the STD and other groups who have the power to reduce the burden of infection through research, treatment, and outreach. The document also lists how CDC will contribute to reducing syphilis burden. (April 25, 2017)

STD Awareness Month is in April – This year’s theme: Syphilis Strikes Back

HIV Services Provided by STD Programs in State and Local Health Departments – United States, 2013-2014 – MMWR April 7, 2017

Confidentiality Issues and Use of Sexually Transmitted Disease Services Among Sexually Experienced Persons Aged 15–25 Years — United States, 2013–2015 – MMWR March 10, 2017

Prevalence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease in Sexually Experienced Women of Reproductive Age — United States, 2013–2014 – MMWR January 27, 2017

Use of a 2-Dose Schedule for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination — Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices  MMWR December 16, 2016

New Information about Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

2015 STD Surveillance Report (October 19, 2016)

Procaine Penicillin G Shortage (September 19, 2016)

Zika Virus and Sexual Transmission (October 7, 2016)

News Archive

2018 STD Prevention Conference – SAVE THE DATE – August 27-30, 2018

Emerging Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea: What’s New and What Now? – Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, discusses latest trends in drug resistant gonorrhea and provides an overview of treatment for this common sexually transmitted disease. 

Overview and highlights about the Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS) cooperative agreement.

STD Risk and Oral Sex – This page provides an overview of health effects associated with oral sex.

AR Investment Map  - This interactive tool shows CDC’s key investments to combat antibiotic resistance (AR), including resistant gonorrhea, across the nation.

Spotlight on CDC’s STD Prevention Work – Learn about CDC’s Division of STD Prevention and the specific ways we’re working to prevent STDs and promote sexual health. There is also a high resolution version for printing.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide – Primary care providers can use this guide to better integrate sexual health conversations and related preventive sexual health services into routine adolescent and adult visits. It features tables and charts to help providers easily find key information, and was pre-tested with primary care providers.

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT): An Important STD Prevention Tool – An infographic to help patients and doctors understand how EPT works.

KABI Chronicles: The Edge Motion Comic Series – An original, comic-based, serial drama following the lives of nine fictional high school and college friends as they navigate young adulthood, while also educating viewers about HIV and STDs.

STD Prevention Success Stories – CDC works with local and state health departments to prevent the spread of STDs across the United States. These documents provide insight into innovative STD prevention programs and projects.