Infographic: How STD Rates in the United States are Changing

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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