Alarming STD Statistics
The CDC estimates there are about 20 million new STDs in the U.S. each year, with more that go undiagnosed and unreported. Highly reported among people between 15 and 24 years old, STD cases account for almost $16 billion in annual health care costs.
Though previous data showed STD statistics were on a decline in the recent past, the new CDC numbers mark the third year in a row that we’ve seen STDs on the rise in the U.S. “Not that long ago, gonorrhea rates were at historic lows, syphilis was close to elimination, and we were able to point to advances in STD prevention, such as better chlamydia diagnostic tests and more screening, contributing to increases in detection and treatment of chlamydial infections,” wrote Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s sexually transmitted disease prevention program, in the report’s foreword. “That progress has since unraveled.”