STD Rates Continue to Rise

By Kyle Taylor September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017

CONTACT: Kyle Taylor, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD | 202.434.7134

STD Rates Continue to Rise

Today, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released new data that shows record high rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis (STDs) in the U.S. The surge in STDs is occurring at a time of budget cuts to State and local STD programs, including a proposed $22.3 million cut in the President’s FY2018 budget for STD prevention.
“Given the substantial increases in STDs, it is imperative that Congress fund STD prevention activities so we can upgrade the eroding prevention infrastructure that is needed to effectively combat the ongoing threat STDs pose,” says Murray C. Penner, Executive Director of NASTAD. “With additional budget cuts, health departments will continue to be under siege by the amount of chlamydia and increasing gonorrhea and syphilis cases,” Penner adds.
STDs that go undiagnosed and untreated increase the risk of HIV infection, especially among gay and bisexual men who experience an increased risk for STDs. This year’s report also highlighted the increased risk among young women and newborn babies. Without appropriate screening and early treatment, these individuals can face long-term health consequences from STDs.
More than 2 million STD cases were diagnosed in 2016 - just the tip of the iceberg as CDC estimates nearly 20 million infections occur each year, costing the U.S. health care system $16 billion. 


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