Talking to Your Pediatrician About STD Testing
STD Data and Statistics
Infectious diseases seem to come and go, sometimes causing scary outbreaks, while other times seeming to disappear. But some infectious pathogens are always with us, lurking just below the surface of society. Sexually transmitted diseases are one major group of diseases that make for ongoing hidden epidemics: In the United States alone, there are nearly 20 million cases of new sexually transmitted infections yearly, from just eight viruses and bacteria, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. Perhaps 20 million new cases sounds like a high number. But because infections can persist for a long time, especially in people who aren't aware they are infected, the number of existing infections at any given time is even higher, at million, according to CDC researchers. The eight most common STDs in the U. About
STIs: surveillance, data, screening and management
Published October Data on reported cases of 4 nationally notifiable STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid. Published February Risk behaviors among reported primary and secondary syphilis cases for Updated syphilis case definitions Historical case definitions content can be found in the Archive.
STDs are some of the most difficult diseases in the world to catch since you have to be up close and personal to spread them. So why are STDs so common? The answer is likely because people don't know how to treat , prevent , and avoid them. Or when they do, they often don't do so effectively.