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STIs in the US, 2015*

  • STI rates in 2015​ were the highest ever reported in the U.S. according to the annual STD Surveillance Report by the CDC.
  • Americans 15-24 years old accounted for nearly two-thirds of chlamydia diagnoses and half of gonorrhea diagnoses.
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for the majority of new gonorrhea and primary/secondary syphilis cases.
  • Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea may be more prevalent among MSM.
  • Reported congenital syphilis (infection transmitted from a mother to her baby) increased by 6 percent.
*2016 national numbers not released yet

STIs in Maryland, 2016*








​​​​​​​​​​*2016 data is preliminary. Race proportions are based on data where race is not unknown​
**Primary and Secondary Syphilis, the infectious stages
​Source: Center for STI Prevention, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Eighth Annual Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar

Preventing and Managing Congenital Zika and Congenital Syphilis Infections​

Wednesday April 19th , 2017 from 12pm – 1pm

Facilitated by: Jeanne S. Sheffield, MD Professor, Gynecology and Obstetrics Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 

“Come for the Zika, Stay for the Syphilis.” 

No registration is necessary! Just log on at the time of the live webcast at (12:00pm on 4/19/17). Or, attend In person: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sheldon Hall, W1214. ​

There are no CEUs available for this webcast. 

Archived webcast will be available at 

For more information, please contact the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center at​. ​

Syphilis is on the rise - Join the conversation - #STDMONTH17  

CDC - Syphilis Strikes Back!​

Why Are We Talking About Syphilis in 2017?

Once nearing elimination, national data highlight that syphilis is thriving. In 2015, the United States experienced the highest number and rate of reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases in more than 20 years.

During 2014-2015, syphilis rates increased in every region, a majority of age groups, and across almost every race/ethnicity. Men in general, and gay and bisexual men specifically, continue to face the highest levels of syphilis. In recent years, syphilis has also risen among women. One of the most disturbing trends is back-to-back years of increasing rates among babies who were miscarried, stillborn, or born with syphilis, also known as congenital syphilis. An increase in reports where syphilis affects the eye (i.e., ocular syphilis) has also occurred across the U.S. These cases can, and have, led to permanent blindness.

Syphilis’s resurgence highlights its ability to affect many communities at anytime and anywhere. We cannot allow this to continue, so beginning this month, we encourage everyone to disrupt syphilis!​


Syphilis Strikes Back #STDMONTH17

Increases in Gonorrhea - Why should we Care?


Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health ​problems in both women and men, including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in women and infertility (inability to get pregnant) in both men and women. 

Untreated gonorrhea may also increase your chances of getting HIV, or giving HIV to your partner.​


​Gonorrhea has progressively developed resistance to the antibiotic drugs prescribed to treat it. The emergence of resistant gonorrhea would significantly complicate the ability of providers to treat gonorrhea successfully, since we have few antibiotic options left that are simple, well-studied, well-tolerated and highly effective. It is critical to continuously monitor antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae and encourage research and development of new treatment regimens. For more information, check out the CDC's Anibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea page​.

Symptoms and Sites of Infection

Gonorrhea can thrive in multiple body sites including the penis, vagina, mouth/throat, or rectum. On top of that, gonorrhea is often asymptomatic. These asymptomatic cases are often spread since those infected don't realize they have it. If symptoms appear, they typically occur within 2-21 days after exposure to the STD.​ With this in mind, CDC recommends routine screening for sexually active or pregnant women under 25, women over 25 who are at increased risk, secually active MSM at sites of sexual contact, persons with HIV, and periodic routine screening for those who are not at increased risk.

Center for STI Prevention, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


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