What's New

The latest from CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, as well as new resources, programs, and website updates.

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New CDC analysis suggests gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk for extragenital STDs [i.e., chlamydia or gonorrhea in the throat or rectum] (April 11, 2019)

STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month (April 2019)

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New CDC Analysis: Drug Use More Than Doubles Among Heterosexuals with Syphilis (February 14, 2019)


Medscape Commentaryexternal icon: Dr. Laura H. Bachmann, MD, MPH, on the surge in congenital syphilis and what healthcare providers can do to stop it (January 23, 2019)


Strengthening STD Prevention and Control for Health Departments (STD PCHD) – CDC’s flagship STD prevention funding program – began on Jan 1. (Jan 7, 2019)

  • Dear Colleague Letterpdf icon: Gail Bolan, Division of STD Prevention Director, on the importance of the new five-year cooperative agreement with health departments
  • Infographicpdf icon: Breaks down the work supported by STD PCHD and the 2019 awards
National Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Recognition Day

The First Friday of October is National Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) Recognition Day (October 5, 2018)

  • Dear Colleague Letterpdf icon: A special thanks from Dr. Jonathan Mermin, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Director, and Dr. Gail Bolan, Division of STD Prevention Director
Browse the Full Report

2017 STD Surveillance Report Finds Sharp Increases of Syphilis Among Newborns (September 25, 2018)

Breaking STD Conference News

Breaking News from 2018 National STD Prevention Conference: New CDC data find that nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017. Public health leaders, including from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), and the University of Alabama’s School of Medicine – join CDC onsite to discuss the new findings and how to counter the country’s STD epidemic. (August 28, 2018)

  • Press Release: New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs in recent years
  • Infographicimage icon: Visual depiction of new STD data and the dangers of untreated STDs, as well as continued concerns about drug-resistant gonorrhea