Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New CDC Reports document American STD rates

Gross, but this stuff has to be documented; money quote:
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.
America’s youth shoulder a substantial burden of these infections.
CDC estimates that half of all new STIs in the country occur among
young men and women. In addition, CDC published an overall estimate
of the number of prevalent STIs in the nation. Prevalence is the total
number of new and existing infections at a given time. CDC’s new data
suggest that there are more than 110 million total STIs among men and
women across the nation.


Because some STIs – especially HIV – require lifelong treatment and care, they are by far the costliest. In addition, HPV
is particularly costly due to the expense of treating HPV-related cancers. However, the annual cost of curable STIs is also
significant ($742 million). Among these, chlamydia is most common and therefore the most costly.

Read the whole thing here.

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