CDC Releases Latest U.S. STD Surveillance Data

November 17, 2015

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual snapshot of the three nationally reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) -- gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. CDC's latest STD Surveillance Report, which includes reported cases for 2014, shows an increase in all three notifiable diseases for the first time since 2006.

Key findings:

  • Chlamydia: 1,441,789 reported cases in 2014 (highest number of cases of any condition ever reported to CDC), or 456.1 per 100,000 population -- a 2.8 percent increase from 2013
  • Primary and secondary syphilis: 19,999 reported cases in 2014, or 6.3 per 100,000 population -- a 15.1 percent increase from 2013
  • Gonorrhea: 350,062 reported cases in 2014, or 110.7 per 100,000 population -- a 5.1 percent increase from 2013

STDs continue to have the most severe impact among young people and women. However, all increases in notifiable STDs have been driven by cases among men. The data underscore the importance of ensuring that everyone takes steps to protect themselves from STDs, including getting tested and treated according to CDC guidelines, using condoms correctly and consistently, and limiting the number of sex partners.

For more information, see our 2014 STD Trends fact sheet. Additional reporter resources are available on the NCHHSTP online newsroom.

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