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STD Treatment Resources

Over 18 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the U.S. each year, with a disproportionate share among young people and racial and ethnic minority populations. The estimated annual direct medical costs of treating STDs and their sequelae are $13 billion. Physicians and other health-care providers play a critical role in preventing and treating STDs. The 2006 STD Treatment Guidelines, developed by CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs, are intended to assist with that effort. CDC revises the Guidelines periodically, approximately every three to four years, using a scientific, evidence-based process that includes CDC and external expert review of current scientific literature.

The 2006 Guidelines are based on newly available evidence and include:
  • The latest information on the presentation, appropriate screening, and treatment of STDs among men who have sex with men;
  • A revised section on STD prevention counseling;
  • New evidence on the benefits of re-screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea;
  • Recommendations for partner-delivered therapy for gonorrhea and chlamydia, if other strategies for reaching partners are not likely to succeed;
  • New medications and treatment regimens to treat chlamydia and trichomoniasis and decrease herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2) transmission; and
  • Information on the new HPV vaccine.

To obtain a copy of the guidelines, please go to the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/.



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