Surveillance Report underscores that STIs must be a public health priority 04.04.2024

April 4, 2024

Surveillance Report underscores that STIs must be a public health priority

MOBILE, Ala. — The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has released the “Sexually Transmitted Infections Surveillance (STI), 2022” report. It provides the most current and complete data for nationally notifiable STIs for federally funded control programs.

The CDC’s annual report underscores that STIs must be a public health priority. In 2022, more than 2.5 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia were reported in the United States. The full report can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2022/default.htm#announcement.

The most alarming concerns center around the syphilis and congenital syphilis epidemics, signaling an urgent need for swift innovation and collaboration from all STI prevention partners. In addition to the syphilis epidemic worsening, reported gonorrhea cases declined for the first time in at least a decade while reported chlamydia cases were level.

The CDC will continue to examine this finding closely and look to 2023 data for a better understanding, but it will recognize that this finding may be a cause for an even closer look at public health efforts and redoubled prevention strategies.

In 2023, the Mobile County Health Department recorded the following STI cases: 3,347 of chlamydia, 1,202 of gonorrhea, 468 of syphilis, 99 of HIV, and 69 of trichomoniasis.

MCHD offers confidential, walk-in testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and HIV at the Southwest Public Health Center in Tillman’s Corner (5580 Inn Road). Services are available on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Southwest Public Health Center at 251-410-4393.

Persons seeking treatment for HIV should consult with their healthcare provider or MCHD’s Family Health primary care team by calling 251-690-8889. While the Southwest Public Health Center currently does not test for hepatitis, herpes, and human papilloma virus, Family Health does provide these services.

 

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