Latest National STD Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual snapshot of the three nationally reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
STDs are preventable and most are treatable, but many infections go undetected or simply ignored – in part because they often have no symptoms. With an estimated 20 million new infections occurring in the U.S. each year, collective action is critical to stop the spread of STDs and minimize the health consequences, which can include increased HIV risk and severe reproductive health complications. CDC is working with health departments, medical professionals and community leaders to increase awareness of STDs and promote regular screening for those most affected.
The data from the 2013 STD Surveillance Report show that STDs continue to pose a risk of life-long health consequences for millions of Americans. Key findings include:
- 1,401,906 reported cases in 2013; for a rate of 446.6 per 100,000 people, a slight 1.5 percent decrease from 2012
- Cases remain concentrated among young women, who are at risk for severe reproductive health complications, including ectopic pregnancy and infertility
- 333,004 reported cases in 2013; for a rate of 106.1 per 100,000 people, overall remaining stable from 2012
- Drug resistance remains a concern, with only one recommended treatment option remaining
Syphilis (Primary & Secondary):
- 17,357 reported cases in 2013; for a rate of 5.5 per 100,000 people, a 10% increase from 2012
- Gay and bisexual men continue to be most affected
For additional information, visit the NCHHSTP newsroom, email NCHHSTPMediaTeam@cdc.gov, or call the NCHHSTP News Media line at (404) 639-8895.
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