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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 Work

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.

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Strategic Summary – An overview of the values, vision, and priority areas addressed by the Division of STD Prevention’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 (2017)


New Resources for Clinicians and STD Programs (November 6, 2017)

Dr. Gail Bolan on CDC’s Award for 9 Project Areas to Combat Congenital Syphilis (October 25, 2017)

2017 DIS Day Letter – A message for National Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Recognition Day from Dr. Mermin, NCHHSTP Director, and Dr. Bolan, STD Director (October 4, 2017)

Latest STD Data from CDC (September 26, 2017)

Update to Public Health Reporting and National Notification for Syphilis (September 4, 2017)

Latest Prevention Resources and Project Updates  (August 28, 2017)

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)

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