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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.

Spotlight on CDC's STD Prevention Work

Spotlight on CDC's STD Prevention WorkSpotlight 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.

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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)

Dear Colleague Letter - NCHHSTP and STD Directors on STD Awareness Month and this year’s theme.

National Disease Intervention Specialist Recognition Day (October 7, 2016)

Spotlight on STD Prevention and Control Programs (May 24, 2016)

Focus 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 – Sexually transmitted diseases primarily affect young people with health consequences that can last a lifetime.
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) – MSM are impacted by HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and gonorrhea at concerning rates.
  • Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea – Data continue to show concerning patterns of declining susceptibility to Cephalosporins -- the only remaining gonorrhea treatment.
  • Congenital Syphilis – Syphilis infection is a serious concern for pregnant women, as it can cause stillbirth and lead to physical and mental developmental disabilities in babies.


DSTDP Organization Chart (Updated December 7, 2016)

DSTDP is a Division in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).