Study: 110,197,000 Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S.

| by Michael Allen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new data showing there were 19.7 million venereal infections in the United States in 2008. That total took the number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) up to 110,197,000, which means there are likely far more STIs in 2013.

According to, of the 19,738,800 new STIs in 2008, 9,782,650 were in the 15-to-24 age bracket.

“CDC’s new estimates show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone,” states the CDC study.

The CDC study entitled 'Sexually Transmitted Infections Among U.S. Women and Men: Prevalence and Incidence Estimates, 2008' was published in the March edition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

The most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States in 2008 was human papillomavirus (HPV), which many conservatives, such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), have opposed the vaccine for.

The total of 110,197,000 STIs in 2008 included: 79,100,000 HPV infections, 24,100,000 HSV-2, 3,710,000 Trichomoniasis, 1,579,000 Chlamydia, 908,000 HIV, 422,000 Hepatitis B,  270,000 Gonorrhea and 117,000 Syphilis cases.

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