Last Updated on June 4, 2020 by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
This list represents over 20 of the STDs listed on The STI Project’s Comprehensive List of STDs.
Approximate number of annual STD cases in the US (rounded):
- Chancroid – 100
- Donovanosis – 100
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) – 500
- Zika – 6,000
- Syphilis – 40,000
- HIV/AIDS – 48,000
- Molluscum Contagiosum – 200,000-800,000
- Hepatitis (A, B, & C) – 300,000-700,000
- HTLV (HTLV-1 and HTLV-2) – 500,000-1 million
- Genital Warts (HPV) – 500,000-1 million
- Gonorrhea – 600,000
- Herpes (HSV1 & HSV2) – 750,000-1 million
- Scabies – 1 million
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – 1 million
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) – 1 to 3 million
- Mononucleosis (Mono) – 1.5 million
- Mycoplasma Genitalium – 2 million
- Pubic Lice (Crabs) – 2.5 million
- Chlamydia – 3 million
- Nongonococcal Urethritis – 3 million
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – 5.5 million
- Trichomoniasis – 8 million
- Vaginitis – 20 million
- Intestinal Parasites – 50 million
Keep in mind, not all of the STD statistics listed come from the same location. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports on a number of STIs/STDs annually, Planned Parenthood distributes facts and statistics about common STDs, The American Social Health Association includes STD statistics, The U.S. National Library of Medicine includes statistical information on infectious diseases not traditionally grouped in the sexually transmitted category, and other medical journals supplement statistics not found in any of the four aforementioned locations. See below for direct links. 🙂
While these statistics include the most recent 2016 surveillance report distributed by the CDC, these numbers are larger than some of the CDC’s reported cases in order to account for the likelihood of unreported and under-reported cases.
STDs treated by a medical practitioner and not clinically tested, those left untreated, those treated over-the-counter, and those which are asymptomatic and unknown to the carrier are not included in the CDC’s STD statistics. Planned Parenthood’s statistics often account for those not reported to the CDC and show a higher rate.
The STI Project displays those statistical differences by either showing a spread in the number of STD cases or taking an average when the span between the two numbers is minimal.
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