New CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STDs

As part of the official conference press briefing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National STD Prevention Conference, CDC presented preliminary data showing five-year trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that included preliminary data for 2017. The analysis found that the nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2017 exceeded the previous 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases. It also found that from 2013 to 2017:

  • Recent increases in STDs have continued for four consecutive years.
  • Syphilis cases nearly doubled.
  • Gonorrhea cases increased by 67%.
  • Chlamydia remained at record highs.

The latest information on the continued threat of untreatable gonorrhea was also discussed, along with solutions to counter the nation’s STD epidemic. To learn more about these preliminary findings, read the press release, view the remarks from the telebriefing, and check out the data table.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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