Men Still Drive STD Increases

Published: December 16, 2014

Michael Smith
Original Article:

The CDC’s annual snapshot of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has both good news and bad news for 2013.

On the positive side, the rate of reported cases of chlamydia fell for the first time since national reporting of the disease began, the agency said in the report, "Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2013."

On the down side, the 2013 rate of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases rose nearly 11% over 2012 — the highest rate since 1995.

Men accounted for 91% of all reported primary and secondary disease cases; in the 49 states and the District of Columbia that reported the sex of partners of patients, men who have sex with men accounted for 75% of cases.

In jurisdictions where information for both sex of partner and HIV status was relatively complete — defined as 70% or greater for all cases — 52% of men who have sex with men with syphilis also had HIV. The co-infection rates for men who have sex with women and for women were 9.9% and 5.2%, respectively.

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