New Data Finds Connection of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

Published: December 17, 2014

Hayley Miller
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Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2013 sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) surveillance data, which reveal that STD rates continue to be unacceptably high in the United States — with disproportionate impact on men who have sex with men (MSM). In particular, the CDC found increasing rates of syphilis and co-infection of syphilis with HIV.

"The rate of primary and secondary syphilis in 2013 is the highest recorded rate since 1996," the CDC said in a statement. "In addition, the 10 percent increase in syphilis rates in 2013 was the result of increases in men, mainly MSM; no overall increase was seen in women in 2013.  Syphilis and HIV co-infection among MSM is also very common, with 52 percent of MSM with primary and secondary syphilis co-infected with HIV."

Because data for transgender people are not uniformly collected, the report does not identify trends among the transgender community. However, based on other research, we know transgender people, especially transgender women, are disproportionately impacted by HIV and other STDs.

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