STD Protection: Why Is It Important?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, result in excessive morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, particularly among women, adolescents, newborns, and men who have sex with men (MSM). Various measures are currently underway to contain outbreaks of STDs.

Adolescents and young adults (15-24 years) have the highest infection rates. Most sexually transmitted diseases, if not identified and managed appropriately can cause serious complications. Women and newborns bear an inordinate share of complications.

Nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people aged 15 to 24. Photo of concerned young woman. April is STD Awareness Month.

Surveillance

In most states, cases of STDs are reportable by laboratories and healthcare providers to local health departments. Action is taken to ensure appropriate care and provide rapid follow-up for priority cases. Based on these reports, resources are targeted to the areas of greatest need.

Update to STD Treatment Guidelines - Oral Cephalosporins No Longer a Recommended Treatment for Gonococcal Infections - August 2012 - CDC

Are you at risk for STDs?

  • Are you currently in a relationship in which neither you nor your partner have been tested for STDs?
  • Have you had any form of sex without using a condom?
  • Have you had sex with someone who has had sex with someone other than you?
  • Are you a man who has sex with other men?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should be tested for STDs. You can call the CDC National STD Hotline at 1-800-232-4636 or visit your local health department for more information.

Information on STDs

Disease names link to CDC case definition if nationally notifiable.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Chancroid

Fact Sheet

Chlamydia

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Gonorrhea

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Herpes

Fact Sheet

Brochure

HIV/AIDS

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Syphilis

Fact Sheet

Brochure

Trichomoniasis

Fact Sheet

Brochure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protect yourself. Protect your partner.

InSpot.org is an online anonymous partner notification system. Users can go to inspot.org and select e-cards that enable them to anonymously notify partners of their infection. The website also provides information on testing sites in the United States and Canada.