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congenital syphilis (which occurs when the infection is
transmitted from a pregnant woman to her baby) increased
by 6 percent. Women still account for less than 10 percent of
new P&S syphilis infections.

Turning the Tide Requires Strong, Sustained
Public Health Commitment

To prevent and control STDs, CDC provides support to
state and local health departments for disease surveillance,
contact tracing and health promotion, and other critical
services. CDC also issues and maintains testing and
treatment guidelines for providers so individuals get the most
effective care. Maintaining and strengthening these and other

STD prevention systems will be essential to respond to the
recent increases.
"STD prevention resources across the nation are
stretched thin, and we're beginning to see people slip through
the public health safety net," Dr. Mermin said. "Turning the

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