Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual snapshot of the three nationally reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. 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.
- Chlamydia: 1,401,906 cases reported in 2013; for a rate of 446.6 per 100,000 people, slight decrease of 1.5% since 2012.
- Gonorrhea: 333,004 cases reported in 2013; for a rate of 106.1 per 100,000 people, overall stable (0.6% decrease) since 2012.
- Syphilis (Primary & Secondary): 17,375 cases reported in 2013; for a rate of 5.5 per 100,000 people, an increase of 10 percent from 2012.
Most STDs are preventable and treatable, but many infections go undetected or simply ignored – in part because they often have no symptoms. With an estimated 20 million new STD infections each year, collective action is critical to stop the spread of STDs and minimize the long-term 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.