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Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Surveillance Statistics

STD Rates Per 100,000 People

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Updated November 09, 2006

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are a growing problem in the United States. Chlamydia infections have risen yearly since 1996. While the number of syphilis and gonorrhea cases have declined since their peak in 1996, the number of syphilis cases has actually risen steadily since 2001. Obviously STDs are a continuing problem. Here is STD surveillance data that illustrates the problem.

The Facts About STDs

See the table at the bottom of this page.

STD Data

Syphilis Chlamydia Gonorrhea
Year Cases Rate Cases Rate Cases Rate
1996 11,405 4.2 492,631 190.6 328,169 121.8
1997 8,556 3.1 537,904 205.5 327,665 120.2
1998 7,007 2.5 614,250 231.8 356,492 129.2
1999 6,617 2.4 662,647 247.2 360,813 129.3
2000 5,979 2.1 709,452 251.4 363,136 128.7
2001 6,103 2.1 783,242 274.5 361,705 126.8
2002 6,862 2.4 834,555 289.4 351,852 122.0
2003 7,177 2.5 877,478 301.7 335,104 115.2
2004 7,980 2.7 929,462 2.7 330,132 113.5

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2004. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, September 2005.

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