CDC’s Syphilis Fact Sheets (2014)

These fact sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide clear and accurate information about the sexually transmitted disease, syphilis.  The fact sheet covers important information such as symptoms, prevention methods, risk factors, contraction of syphilis while pregnant, stages of the disease, treatment and additional resources.

There are several versions of the fact sheet–

Link to “Basic Fact Sheet–Syphilis”

Link to “Detailed Fact Sheet–Syphilis”

Link to “Syphilis & Men Who Have Sex with Men Fact Sheet”

Link to “Images of Syphilis Fact Sheet”



Teen Abortions (2009)

The abortion rate among teens ages 15 to 19 has declined by 53 percent since 1990, from 40.3 abortions per 1,000 teen females in 1990 to 19.1 in 2005. Among all age groups, teen abortion rates have been declining since the late 1980s.

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Illinois Databook (2007)

The 2007 Illinois Sexually Transmitted Diseases Summary provides statistics and trends of reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Illinois for 1998-2007 and consists of five sections: Illinois 2007 epidemiologic summary; Illinois statewide statistics tables; Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis sections that have tables of cases, rates and county demographics statistics.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

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Final 2006 Birth Data (2009)

(National Vital Statistics Reports) Fact Sheet abstract states: In 2006, births and fertility rates increased for most states, age groups, and race and Hispanic origin groups. A total of 4,265,555 births were registered in the United States in 2006, 3 percent more than in 2005, and the largest number of births in more than four decades.

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Facts on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States (2009)

This fact sheet compiled by Guttmacher Institute provides detailed information and data from a variety of resources regarding sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.  A variety of topics are discussed including medical costs, symptoms, populations at risk, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, HPV, HIV, AIDS, prevention, testing, and treatment.

Some interesting facts include:

  • Close to 40% of people who test positive for HIV are diagnosed with full-blown AIDS within one year, and the majority of those who get an HIV test late in the course of their infection do so because they are already ill.
  • To date, there are vaccines for only two viral STIs: hepatitis B and HPV. The hepatitis B vaccine was introduced in 1982, and today an estimated 70 million adolescents and adults, and more than 50 million infants and children, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The vaccine protecting against four high-risk strains of HPV was introduced in 2006, and as of December 31, 2008, 23 million doses of the vaccine had been distributed in the United States.
  • Direct medical costs associated with STIs in the United States are estimated at $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars. More than $8 billion is spent each year to diagnose and treat STIs and their complications, not including HIV.

Link to Facts on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States (2009) [PDF]

2007 Abortion Surveillance – United States (2011)

CDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States since 1969. A total of 827,609 abortions were reported to CDC for 2007. Compared with 2006, the total number and rate of reported abortions decreased 2%, and the abortion ratio decreased 3%. Reported abortion numbers, rates, and ratios were 6%, 7%, and 14% lower, respectively, in 2007 than in 1998.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  [opens new window]