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Infographic: How STD Rates in the United States are Changing

January 23, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller


Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a massive public health issue in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 110 million infections in the U.S. today. Furthermore, 20 million new infections are estimated to occur each year. All of these infections translate to significant healthcare costs: believe it or not, we spend an estimated $16 billion per year on STD treatment!

So what’s going on with rates of STDs? Have they been increasing or decreasing over the last few years? For a look at the data, check out the infographic below, which includes selected figures complied from the CDC’s website. Want to learn more? Check out the CDC’s full report here (note that HIV/AIDS is covered separately in its own report here). You can also visit this page for information on the CDC’s current STD screening recommendations.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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