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US sexually transmitted disease market worth well in excess of $10 billion

Press Release   •   Jul 09, 2012 12:24 BST

The US sexually transmitted disease (STD) market is estimated to be worth well in excess of $10 to $18 billion. STDs are the most common infectious disease in the US, with more that 20 STDs having been identified, affecting more than 13 million American men and women each year.

STDs are a major global cause of acute illness, infertility, long term disability and death, with severe medical and psychological consequences for millions of men, women and children. In developing countries, STDs and their complications are amongst the top five disease categories for which adults seek health care.

In 2010 the US sexually transmitted disease market recorded a total of 1,307,893 cases of sexually transmitted Chlamydia. This is the largest number of cases ever reported within the US sexually transmitted disease market for any condition. This case count corresponds to a rate of 426.0 cases per 100,000 population, an increase of 5.1% compared with the rate in 2009.

In 2010, the overall rate of Chlamydia in the US among women (610.6 cases per 100,000 females) was over two and a half times the rate among men (233.7 cases per 100,000 males).

The US sexually transmitted disease market saw a 74% decline in the rate of reported Gonorrhea during 1975-1996, overall Gonorrhea rates plateaued for 10 years; it decreased during 2006-2009 to the lowest rate since national reporting began and then increased 2.8% between 2009 and 2010.

In 2010, a total of 309,341 cases of Gonorrhea were reported in the US sexually transmitted disease market, which corresponds to a rate of 100.8 cases per 100,000 population.

The rates of Syphilis reported in the US sexually transmitted disease market decreased during the 1990s, and in 2000, it was the lowest since reporting began in 1941. The overall rate of Syphilis in the United States declined 89.7% during 1990-2000, and then increased each year from 2001 through 2009.

In 2010, the overall rate decreased for the first time in 10 years. The rate decreased 21% in women but increased slightly, 1.3%, in men. In 2010, a total of 13,774 cases of Syphilis were reported.

For more information on the US sexually transmitted disease market, see the latest research: US Sexually Transmitted Disease Market

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