CDC Annual Report: STD Cases At Record High

Via press release:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease. While all three of these STDs can be cured with antibiotics, if left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have serious health consequences, including infertility, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased risk for HIV transmission.

Syphilis rates increased by nearly 18 percent overall from 2015 to 2016. The majority of these cases occur among men – especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) – however, there was a 36 percent increase in rates of syphilis among women, and a 28 percent increase in syphilis among newborns (congenital syphilis) during this period.

While gonorrhea increased among men and women in 2016, the steepest increases were seen among men (22 percent). Research suggests that a large share of new gonorrhea cases are occurring among MSM. These trends are particularly alarming in light of the growing threat of drug resistance to the last remaining recommended gonorrhea treatment.

MSM also bear a great syphilis burden. MSM make up a majority of syphilis cases, and half of MSM diagnosed with syphilis were also living with HIV – pointing to the need to integrate STD and HIV prevention and care services. (Illustration above: Syphilis bacteria.)

  • Todd20036

    This sucks, but since condoms feel like rubber tires when you’re fucking, you kind of find it hard to keep them on

  • bkmn

    I would like to see how the numbers compare in states with and without sex education.

  • Blake J Butler
    • JWC

      Whoa Nelly!!! Is this the same Alabama as the other Alabama ? Say What??

    • bambinoitaliano

      Who are you Alabama?! Stop confusing us!!!

      • William

        Birmingham is a nice place, other than it being in Alabama.

    • Ronald Reagan is Dead!

      I am thankful that cites are willing to step up and protect us, however I fear this will be short lived like in other RED stated the legislature will outlaw all anti-discrimination laws enacted by cities and will only recognize ones created by the state and we know GOP run states won’t protect us.

    • Talisman

      Birmingham is a surprisingly liberal city.

      It’s a mecca for anyone who wants to escape the podunk conservative Christian towns that litter the state, but can’t escape to Atlanta, Nashville, or Memphis. So there are a lot of people of color there and a lot of people who were outsiders in high school.

      It has one of the leading medical colleges in the nation, and some of the best hospitals. It is considered a major distribution hub in the South, and a number of major trucking companies have headquarters or major facilities in the city. It also has a rich arts scene – a lot of travelling exhibits passed through, along with big-name entertainers on tour. It even is a major stop when Broadway shows go on the road.

      Or, at least, it used to be all that. It’s been a number of years since I’ve been there, so I have no idea what it is like now.

  • shellback

    Is there a breakdown by state? I bet it would be very revealing. [cough] red states [cough]

  • JWC

    Does that include Donny

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “But I’m on DeRP(tm)!”

  • pipslvr

    Sex education, widespread testing and treating.. to make them go down… all the stuff republicans would never go for

    • The_Wretched

      And like Pence did in Indiana, they actively prevent all three of those (and needle programs).

    • BudClark

      See Colorado’s stats after they implemented free birth control, etc. …

  • Here’s the full report for those interested:

    I’m skimming through it myself.

  • TrueWords
  • justmeeeee

    and correlations with PreP use vs. condom use?

    • clay

      (it’s not versus– they’re not mutually exclusive. Use PrEP to end HIV transmission and use condoms for reduction in other disease transmission and easier cleanup)

      • gaycuckhubby

        They shouldn’t be. But hop on grindr for an hour. They usually are

        • clay

          I don’t care to hop on Grindr, ever.

          • gaycuckhubby

            The point being that a huge number of people on PrEP aren’t using condoms.
            Bareback is the norm.

          • doninkansas

            Yup and get rather testy if you tell them you only fuck with condoms.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Yes, stop being judgemental, sex-negative and slut shaming.

  • Hue-Man

    “a 28 percent increase in syphilis among newborns (congenital syphilis)”

    Remind me again how the U.S. has the best health care system in the world?

    BTW, can’t blame this statistic on MSM.

    • ChrisMorley

      Most countries have policies of screening pregnant women, but this does not always take place in some rural and poor parts of the world. [or the USA]

      Professor David Mabey and Professor Rosanna Peeling, from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said in an accompanying article
      that screening cost $1.44 (£0.89) per woman.

      “If all pregnant women were screened, and those who tested positive were treated with one dose of benzathine penicillin before 28 weeks’ gestation, no stillbirths or neonatal deaths would be due to syphilis.
      “This is one of the most cost-effective health interventions.”

      • Hue-Man

        That what I was reacting to; so much progress has been made in reducing – I won’t say eliminating – HIV transmission to newborns but on something as low-tech as STD’s, we can’t deliver the services to women and children that need it. The cost is shockingly small.

    • narutomania

      So let’s blame it on Obama !!!!

  • Michael

    This has got to be proof I’m the only one who isn’t get laid lately.

    • Friday

      Eh, I’ve been on my own a while, now, kinda been a) That busy and b) Sort of taking the time off, cause I realized I was kind of hung up on some old heartbreaks. No one really eligible’s caught my interest in a while, anyway, probably because I don’t circulate terribly much.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but Trump is just so fucking stupid.

    • safari

      I read earlier we haven’t waved the law that bans non-US flagged cargo ships from docking at PR.

      • The_Wretched

        Unlike TX and FL.

    • JWC

      What Dumbass ,one of the biglyest oceans out there. You can’t use the no “cell phone reception” lie Cell phones are down. Try saying the Navy got lost in that BIGLY ocean

    • Hue-Man

      President Demented has confused Puerto Rico and Hawaii again.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Maybe he will call the governor if North Korea threaten to nuke it?

        • The_Wretched

          He’s going to call for the nuking of North Carolina at 3am someday when Kim Jong Un really cheezes him off.

    • safari

      Let’s add a few pieces of context. Donald bankrupted a golf course in PR and he also is prohibited from getting an NFL franchise because 1) they don’t like him and 2) he had a US-FL team and then ended up pushing the league to compete with the NFL which caused it to fold.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Yup, that about sums it out for that pea size brain man.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “He’s a businessman!”

    • vorpal 😼

      “We’re doing a really good job.”

      How about we let Puerto Rico be the judge of that?

    • yes b’y
  • TrueWords
    • bambinoitaliano

      It ain’t right. Someone left Florida out.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        It’s God’s waiting room. They have other things on their minds.

        • bambinoitaliano

          I read somewhere awhile ago, the seniors are having sex like rabbits in Florida. Not unusual to have that population with higher STD case than usual.

      • TrueWords

        I do agree…

      • TrueWords
      • Friday

        Aging/older population may throw the figures off there, proportionswise.

      • Hank

        That was what I was thinking, as I live there. Also, A straight female friend of mine, who is in her mid-50’s is relatively sexually active. in FL. I keep reminding her about the rise in STDs, so hopefully her partners are wrapping it up!!!

      • John

        Maybe because: Too dumb? Too hot? Too Humid? Too Old?

      • MarkBuster

        Who wants to screw someone from Fl?

    • Tulle Christensen

      See people from New York and Illinois are infecting those God fearing people in the patriotic Confederate states in the south

      • Rambie

        I’m doing my part! 😉

      • John

        Could be visa versa which makes more sense…those southerners traveling to Illinois or New York bringing more than a suitcase for their visit.

      • Rolf

        I read elsewhere that sex parties are the big new thing in trendsetting NYC, with bottoms having unprotected (but probably on PrEP) sex with 10 or more partners. And being a ‘cum dump’ is now a fun pastime.
        I’m no prude but this kind of hyper promiscuity is quite reminiscent of what was going on prior to AIDS, and I’m quite concerned that this abuse of PrEP will lead to a super resistant virus or some other deadly/incurable STI.

        • chrisinphx

          I was thinking the same thing. Fellas all popping the PrEP and then barebacking all the time thinking they’re safe.

    • Rambie

      Go get your checkups and shots boys. 😉

      • TrueWords

        Wrap it up…

        • Rambie

          Well that too but not everyone does so getting checked is still good advice.

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    • Daveed_WOW

      Shame on you, Illinois and New York. You should know better.

    • Clive Johnson

      Surely this is a problem that tax cuts, cutting Planned Parenthood funding, and barring scientifically based sex ed will solve.

      • chris james

        Right you are, Clive. All this abstinence based sex education in our schools is totally useless. Better to teach the kids how a condom works. At least in some states kids can get free condoms in school programs.

  • juanjo54

    The real issue with these infection rates are where and among whom are the highest increases. I have not had a chance to read this entire report but past reports on this have shown that the highest infection rates have been among minorities and low income Caucasians and primarily in the Southeast along with the states with the largest population [outside of the South] like Ohio, Illinois, New York and California.

    Lack of education, access to health care, and social stigma have historically been the most difficult factors to address on this problem. One thing recently which concerns me is the lack of concern among young gay men on Prep. They seem quite willing to engage in unprotected sex, forgetting altogether that there are other health risks than HIV out there. I know the SF Health Department recently released a report showing that for the fourth or fifth year the rate of new HIV infections was down in the City but the rates for STDs had increased, especially among younger gay men.

    • ChrisMorley

      STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive
      Mathematical model finds STI rates should fall with widespread PrEP coverage

      • MusicBear88

        I just had this conversation with a younger gay friend who is on PrEP but absolutely insists that anybody who is even thinking about having anal sex with him is informed that he does NOT have bareback sex; it’s an extra layer of protection, not a license to be a party bottom. I’m proud of him because I know plenty of people my age (late 30s) who started to use PrEP and threw away the condoms.

    • cheakamus

      PrEP is not just a pill, it’s a protocol. That protocol includes a routine STI test every 3 months, which is far more frequently that most gay men who are not on PrEP get tested. To my mind, increasing the number of men who test frequently is the best way to reduce the incidence of STI transmission.

      • juanjo54

        maybe so but how many people are doing that?

  • David Brian Holt

    Meanwhile, sex positive countries like the Netherlands have STDs rates that are a fraction of the US.

  • Bryan

    And antibiotic-resistant strains say what now?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “I’m really catching on.”

  • BillysWilly

    Who didn’t see this coming with PrEP? I see it all over the hookup apps, “on PrEP, only take it bare”.

    • Ninja0980

      Many of us did, that’s the sad part.

    • safari

      I really don’t blame PrEP too much. It’s only one thing in a lot of changes from porn to HIV being treatable in the first place.

  • Leo

    Of course I read this JUST after finishing Juzwiak’s piece on the rise of New York sex parties.

    The usual fights on here and other gay message boards about slut shaming, scapegoats, down low and pREP are really old and I don’t want to be a broken record. Everything that needs to be said will be.

    My two cents are better funding and awareness in red states but seeing as our country’s metaphorically on fire at the moment, this whole problem will understandably be shoved to the back of the line.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      seeing as our country’s metaphorically on fire at the moment

      470K cases of gonorrhea ain’t just a metaphor.

      • Leo

        oh GOD bad pun that wasn’t intentional I promise. lol.

  • Ninja0980

    Doesn’t surprise me one bit.
    If nothing else, we make HIV out to be the only deadly or harmful STD and forget about the rest, which are just as deadly in the long run.
    And Prep might help against HIV but it doesn’t do squat for many of the other STDS out there.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Lots of people predicted this when PrEP hit the market, that other STDs would rise as a result.
      but all the woke sex positive activists just said they were slutshaming.
      I think prep is a good thing, but it needs to be very carefully and thoughtfully presented.

  • Ninja0980

    I know porn isn’t meant to be sex ed but in the same breath, the fact so many people that should know better make it seem like bareback sex is no big deal makes me want to rip my hair out.
    P.S. Don’t even get me started on the Maverickmen…

    • bambinoitaliano

      Watching porn as a fantasy is very different from one acting out the fantasy. But we are living in a world when many blur that line.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, and we also live in a world where porn is sadly the only sex ed many folks have.

  • safari

    Apparently bareback sex (not just gay) is very popular nowdays with the college crowd a physician told me.

    • Ninja0980

      It is.
      Makes me want to rip my hair out.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Don’t forget AIDS epidemic was a generation or two away. Remembering history is not a strong suit for most people. Especially when they have not live through the event.

      • Ninja0980

        The other problem is today they do see people that have it but don’t see all the meds etc. they have to take.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Cost is a valid deterring factor for one seeking help.

          • Ninja0980

            It is.
            Which is why it drives me nuts sometimes when that point isn’t driven home.

      • BudClark

        And ALL young people (gay AND straight) think they’re invincible / immortal.


  • Lars Littlefield

    And something for all gay men, especially those with HIV:

    “Anal cancer is predominantly caused by chronic or persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV infection can lead to the development of anal precancer which, if remains undetected or not adequately treated, may lead to anal cancer. Likewise, HPV infection is also responsible for causing cervical, vaginal, vulvar, oropharyngeal, penile and rectal cancers.”

    Go get that pesky anal itch checked ot.

    • safari

      Apparently you can’t be more than like 23 to get insurance to cover the HPV vaccine.

    • Hue-Man

      And lobby for HPV vaccination for boys.

      The Canadian Cancer Society said Saskatchewan’s announcement [September 8, 2017] means that all provinces and Yukon now include boys in their HPV programs.

    • jvc in NYC

      Generally anal warts, particularly those that are further up the anal canal, have no symptoms whatsoever. And unfortunately can cause real problems if they grow unchecked. That’s when the removal becomes a much bigger operation.
      If you have receptive anal sex with some with genital warts best to get yourself examined by a colorectal specialist.

    • Ham

      Lars, anal warts don’t itch.

  • Hue-Man

    O/T Firefox has a new beta version “Quantum”. I switched to Chrome because FF was such a memory hog. I just downloaded Quantum and Task Manager is showing FF using 149.5 MB instead of nearly 1000 MB in “normal” Firefox. Check it out if you don’t like Chrome/Google. Website says official launch November 14th if you’d rather wait.

    • safari

      Great. Another web browser to test against. Is this a replacement for FF?

      • Hue-Man

        The beta says its FF v. 57. It looks like I’ll stick with Chrome because all my extensions are blocked.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Despite my best efforts, FF on my main box upgraded itself to 55.0.3, and promptly disabled/deprecated all my extensions/plugins.

      Because choices.

      • Hue-Man

        I’ll watch out for that as I start using the beta version and won’t update FF. Chrome gives warnings I don’t understand about extensions and plug-ins being discontinued, too.

      • grada3784

        There’s a switch for auto-updates under Tools, Options, Advanced, Update

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Yeah. Had updates turned off there. I assume I must have fat-fingered it somehow – focus was in an unexpected place, maybe – but still – a stealth download and surprise upgrade. Come ON.

      • Hue-Man

        Working with the FF beta – same thing. Will the developers update their software or have we lost functionality? At least Chrome has put developers on notice – FF just kicked them off the bus.

    • Friday

      I’ll be interested to follow that, it could really speed things up on some of these little machines I use in the workshop. Know what OSes it’ll be for?

      • Hue-Man

        Don’t know. I’m on Windows 10.

    • grada3784

      Only 1000 MB?

      I go over 2000 most of the time.

  • gaycuckhubby

    PrEP is great! But it needs to be combined with a lot of education and CONDOMS! It’s not a miracle drug.

  • BeaverTales

    The AIDS epidemic started almost 40 years ago in earnest in the gay community. I remember being in the closet and being afraid to ask about it. Most guys in my gay ‘coming out’ pledge class in the late 80s were wearing condoms and masturbating while thinking that there would be an HIV cure in just a matter of months to years. It took weeks to get test results at first.

    AZT didn’t become widely available until the mid 90s, the various Transcriptase, Protease and Integrase inhibitors came in the 2000s.

    Gay men got tired of being afraid of sex and afraid of each other, and once PreP came out we celebrated in excess, like we usually do. HIV is ‘tamed’ but not cured, and multidrug resistant STDs have emerged in time to start new epidemics. Going back to the 80s won’t work, but at least today we can make fully informed choices and get tested and treated, if we have health insurance or money..

  • TheManicMechanic

    Correlate these findings to those who do not benefit from sex education, the homskoold, and the very religious. The results won’t be surprising.

    • gaycuckhubby

      FWIW… just my personal experience. Grew up very religious. Homeschooled with no sex education. Waited until I was 20 to have sex. Had safe sex until I met my husband and were monogamous.
      Since we started playing with nonmonagomy we are on PrEP and he uses condoms when he’s with other guys.

      If these cases are young teenagers then sex education is to blame. But if your over 20 there is no excuse to not play smart… gay culture is saturated with sex-positive outreach and education.

      • TheManicMechanic

        You are one of the good examples. Note that I am not dead set against homeschooling, as it can be very positive, especially outside of the religious communities that are working so hard to destroy public education. I use the differing “homskoold” and “homeschooled” to demonstrate the differences. Public schools in primarily very conservative areas that push abstinence education or no sex education whatsoever tend to be cesspools of irresponsible sexual habits among young people, and areas that lead the counts of unwanted pregnancies and STDs.

        These days LGBT folks and those questioning have lots of resources via the Internet that I never had, and can tend to be better educated on these matters if allowed to find and use this information in private and without fear or worry they would be found out by parents and others. These people tend to be informed and tend to seek out more info than many.

  • Ken M

    Gay male under 30 – “AIDS, isn’t that curable now?”

    • gaycuckhubby

      Sadly, I think you’re right.

      • Ken M

        The only thing the majority of kids i.e. high school know about sex, is how to have it. Some know the girls on the pill boy wearing rubbing tricks. Beyond that…nada.

    • Michael White

      I work with a 32 yr old gay man and he is shocked at how difficult it was for my generation, I am 66, to adopt condoms.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    That graphic though looks like something out of Teletubbies.

  • Ken M

    I was out and living near NYC in the 80s. Don’t get me started on this country and AIDS!

  • MarkBuster

    I’m honestly no prude.. I’m just WONDERING (not a position, a QUESTION).. if the relaxed attitude about sex with PreP is related to this.

  • Texndoc

    It’s a spirochete! Didn’t you see The Simpsons episode with Ralph’s get well card to the teacher “Dear Miss Hoover. You have Lyme Disease. Here is a drawing of a spirochete. Love Ralph”

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    We’re #1…USA..USA!!! EFF you haterz.

  • netxtown

    fer gawds sake – wrap that rascal, dammit!

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I had a doctor appointment on Friday and after the flu shot he asked if I needed anything else….

    Like what?

    A STI screening, he offered cheerfully.

    My face scrunched up and I thought “What’s an essteayi?” And then it hit me!

    OHHHHHHHHHH! No. I don’t need that this time.

    Used to be I’d dash into the doctor on the way to work – no time to screen me doc just give me the shot!

  • ErikDC

    Because people aren’t using condoms anymore.

  • DoctorDJ