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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STI Treatment (Tx) Guide Mobile App: The new app is more comprehensive, more integrated, and includes more features to help with patient care. (September 19, 2022)

Preliminary 2021 Data

Preliminary 2021 STD Surveillance Data (September 1, 2022)

  • Social Media & More: Messages, graphics, and other materials to help you engage with your community

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Surveillance, 2020 (April 12, 2022)

  • Announcement: CDC’s STD Director on the release of national STD trends in the U.S.
  • Press Release: New data suggest STDs in the U.S. continued to increase during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social Media & More: Messages and graphics to help you promote 2020 STD surveillance data.
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STD Awareness Week (April 10-16, 2022)

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STD Prevention and Control in 2021: A Year in Review

  • Dear Colleague Letter: Dr. Leandro Mena, MD, MPH, Division of STD Prevention Director, on STD prevention and control accomplishments in 2021 and upcoming events and resources for 2022.
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FDA Alert: Possible False RPR Reactivity with Syphilis Test

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

  • Dear Colleague Letter: A special thanks from Dr. Jonathan Mermin, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Director, and Dr. Leandro Mena, Division of STD Prevention Director
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Historic Five‐Year Investment for Disease Intervention Specialists Workforce

  • Dear Colleague Letter: CDC’s Division of STD Prevention distributes $200 million to health departments for the first year of the CDC Disease Intervention Specialists Workforce Development Supplement. (September 24, 2021)
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Congenital Syphilis Diagnosed Beyond the Neonatal Period in the United States: 2014-2018: New study finds 67 symptomatic infants were diagnosed with congenital syphilis beyond the neonatal period (>28 days) during this time. (August 31, 2021)

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Dr. Leandro Mena is the new Director for the Division of STD Prevention

  • Dear Colleague Letter: Dr. Leandro Mena, MD, MPH, Division of STD Prevention Director, on the future of STI prevention and joining CDC. (August 2, 2021)
Ending the Epidemic

Dear Colleague Letter from the Division of STD Prevention: CDC Awards $11.1 Million for HIV Prevention Services in STD Clinics.

STI Treatment Guidelines, 2021

2021 STI Treatment Guidelines (July 22, 2021)

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Funding to Hire and Train Public Health Workers

  • Dear Colleague Letter: White House announces $1.13 billion investment to strengthen the disease intervention specialists workforce. (May 13, 2021)
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Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevalence, Incidence, and Cost Estimates in the United States (January 25, 2021)

  • At A Glance: STI Prevalence, Incidence, and Cost Estimates in the United States
  • Social Media Materials: Messages and Graphics to Help Spread the Word
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement about Updated STI Prevalence, Incidence, and Cost Estimates
  • Press release: CDC Estimates 1 in 5 People in the U.S. Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection

Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan for the United States: 2021-2025

  • Dear Colleague Letter: HHS launches nation’s first-ever plan of its kind for STIs. (December 18, 2020)

STD Care and Prevention Guidance During Disruption of Clinical Services

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The Toolkit for Technology-based Partner Services has been updated! You will find new examples from the field, as well as information about how to conduct partner services using text messages and geolocating mobile apps.


New case stories are available for phase two of CDC’s Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS). Learn how each funding recipient used community engagement to address health disparities and increase STD prevention. (June 8, 2020)

Congenital Syphilis

New analysis finds 1 in 2 newborn syphilis cases occur due to gaps in testing and treatment during prenatal care. (June 4, 2020)


Recommendations for Providing Quality STD Clinical Services (STD QCS):  New CDC report highlights services healthcare settings can offer to provide the highest-quality STD care for their patients. (January 6, 2020)

  • Dear Colleague Letter: Dr. Gail Bolan, Division of STD Prevention Director, on how STD QCS can help guide clinical operations in healthcare settings to optimize STD care services.
  • Graphic:  explaining how STD QCS and the STI Treatment Guidelines can work together to optimize care.
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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)


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