Maryland: STD Rates Drop in Baltimore
May 25, 2006
Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis cases in Baltimore all dropped in 2005. The good news continues a long-term trend that began in the 1990s with increased efforts to combat the city's STD rates, which were then the nation's worst. Since 1995, gonorrhea rates dropped 45 percent, from more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 population to 547 cases per 100,000, the Baltimore Health Department said Monday. The city aims to reduce the gonorrhea rate to fewer than 300 cases per 100,000 by 2010. The rate for positive chlamydia tests in public health and family planning clinics dropped, as did the total number of cases, after several years of increases attributed to enhanced screening and more sensitive tests. The city had 31 syphilis cases per 100,000 last year. Syphilis peaked at 101 cases per 100,000 in 1997. Officials hope to cut the adult rate to four cases per 100,000 by 2010 and to eradicate congenital syphilis altogether.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.