About the Division of STD Prevention

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to provide national leadership, research, policy development, and scientific information to help people live safer, healthier lives by the prevention of STDs and their complications. This mission is accomplished by assisting health departments, healthcare providers and non-government organizations (NGO) through the provision of timely science-based information and by clearly interpreting such information to the general public and policy makers. The Division’s specific disease prevention goals are contextualized within the broader framework of the social determinants of health, the promotion of sexual health, and the primary prevention of sexually transmitted disease.

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Spotlight on CDC's STD Prevention Work
Spotlight on CDC's STD Prevention Work

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STDs Compromise Americans’ Health
STDs Compromise Americans’ Health and Cost Millions of Dollars in Healthcare

STDs compromise Americans’ health and cost millions of dollars.

Priority Areas

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention concentrates its efforts on four focus areas to guide STD prevention and maximize long term impact.

  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)
  • Pregnant Women
  • STD Prevention Systems