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U.S. STI Epidemic Showed No Signs of Slowing in 2021 – Cases Continued to Escalate

Reported cases of the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all increased between 2020 and 2021 – reaching a total of more than 2.5 million reported cases – according to CDC’s final surveillance data.

Syphilis Rates Jumped by Nearly a Third in 2021, US CDC Says

Cases of major sexually transmitted infections rose to more than 2.5 million in 2021, US health officials said in a revised final report, led by rates of syphilis that increased more than a third from a year earlier.

STIs are the focus of a new program at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department

The health department partnered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for the Disease Intervention Specialist program or DIS. Stephanie Woehl, health program coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said it’s an effort to help decrease STIs in Greene County, which have been on the rise locally and nationwide.

Syphilis cases rise statewide, health officials encourage STI testing

Syphilis infections have increased from 2,135 cases in 2019 to 3,875 cases last year, according to state data.

IDPH Observes STI Awareness Week, Urges Public to Get Educated & Practice Prevention

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is joining public health partners around the state and nation in observing April 9-15 as STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Awareness Week. Observed annually in the second full week in April, STI Awareness Week is intended to raise awareness about STIs, promote sexual health as an essential part of overall health, and to reduce STI-related stigma, fear, and discrimination.

Latest Resources

HealthLGBTQ Mpox Resource Center

In light of the recent cases of mpox in the U.S., the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health has curated a library of evidence-based materials in multiple formats about mpox. Geared to clinicians, researchers, and community members, the resources provide information about mpox virus transmission, prevention, testing, and treatment.

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STDs and HIV: CDC Basic Fact Sheet

If you have a sexually transmitted diseases (STD), you are more likely to get HIV or transmit it to others. This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answers basic questions about STDs and HIV.

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Mpox and HIV

This information page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses the prevalence of Mpox in people diagnosed with HIV and provides recommendations for vaccination and treatment.

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DC Engage Local Resource Guide

This resource guide lists organizations in Washington, DC that offer assistance in areas including housing, harm reduction, safer sex and STI testing, food, clothing, legal, health care, and social support.

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