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STD Awareness Month

  • 2017 - Syphilis Strikes Back - background of vintage WPA posters
  • 2017 - Tackling Syphilis - Week 1: It was nearly eliminated once, but syphilis is making a furious comeback.
  • 2017 Week 2: Syphilis rates steepest for gay and bisexual men. Don't let stigma be fatal.
  • 2017 - Week 3: Syphilis is increasing among women, pregnant women, and newborn babies.
  • 2017 - Week 4: We've beaten back syphilis before and we can do it again
  • Call to Action
  • 2017 - Syphilis Returns. Highest number and rate of cases in more than 20 years. CDC has resources for providers, partners, and you.
2017 - Syphilis Strikes Back - background of vintage WPA posters



Join CDC in Tackling the Dangerous Return of Syphilis

Antique radio Play the audio above for a 1940s-style PSA. It’s also downloadable!

Once nearing elimination, national data find that syphilis is thriving. Rates are on the rise among men, women, newborns, a majority of age groups, all regions, and almost every race/ethnicity.  Syphilis’s resurgence highlights its ability to affect many communities at anytime and anywhere. We cannot accept this as the new normal, and together, we can and must reverse these increases.

To underscore the importance of this issue, we are dedicating the entire month of April to syphilis prevention.

CDC’s STD Awareness Month web pages are filled with resources and guidance for both healthcare providers, as well as individuals who may be impacted by the disease. You can also join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with #STDMONTH17 .

There is much work to be done. Let’s get to it.


STD Awareness Month 2017 Theme: Syphilis Strikes Back

Syphilis Strikes Back. #STDMONTH17 Each week in April, we will focus on a different aspect of what’s happening with syphilis. Here’s the rundown:

  1. (April 1-8) | Syphilis in the U.S. – An overview of  what it is, how it’s affecting specific communities, and why this potentially dangerous health issue needs attention
  2. (April 9-15) | Syphilis among gay, bisexual and other MSM – Focus on  the group hardest-hit by syphilis and what individuals and healthcare providers can do to help
  3. (April 16-22) | Syphilis among women, pregnant women, and newborns – Focus on the increases among women and its impact on pregnant women and newborns, as well as what individuals and healthcare providers can do to help
  4. (April 23-30) | Disrupt Syphilis! – The final week will focus on what actions are needed to tackle syphilis moving forward

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