U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases: an opportunity to unify clinical and public health practice

Ann Intern Med. 2002 Aug 20;137(4):255-62. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-4-200208200-00010.


Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) constitute an epidemic of tremendous magnitude, with an estimated 15 million persons in the United States acquiring a new STD each year. Effective clinical management of STDs is a strategic common element in efforts to prevent HIV infection and to improve reproductive and sexual health. Sexually transmitted diseases may result in severe, long-term, costly complications, including facilitation of HIV infection, tubal infertility, adverse outcomes of pregnancy, and cervical and other types of anogenital cancer. The publication of national guidelines for the management of STDs, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been a key component of federal initiatives to improve the health of the U.S. population by preventing and controlling STDs and their sequelae. This paper presents new recommendations from the 2002 CDC Guidelines for the Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the context of current disease trends and public health.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / prevention & control
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / virology
  • Genital Neoplasms, Male / prevention & control
  • Genital Neoplasms, Male / virology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infertility, Female / etiology
  • Infertility, Female / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Papillomaviridae
  • Papillomavirus Infections / complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / complications
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • United States / epidemiology