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Prevent and Control Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Since 1990, the incidence rate of primary and secondary syphilis for the population as a whole has been on the decline. The year 2000 objective was achieved in 1992 and has continued to decline since then. Breaking down the available data by race to produce a minority incidence rate is problematic, due to a high proportion of cases where race was not reported. Data on incidence in the minority population for years prior to 1992 have been found to be invalid. Incidence rates for minorities in recent years have declined, and are well below the target established at the beginning of this decade.


The incidence rate of gonorrhea had been declining until 1995, when it began rising again. For four years (1992 through 1995), the rate had been below the year 2000 objective. However, the 1996 rate was once again above the target. This apparent increase was likely due to a change in the surveillance system in 1995 from a provider-based system to a laboratory-based system. In 1997, the rate had returned to a level below the year 2000 target and it once again seems likely that the objective will be achieved.

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