We are not winning the battle to decrease cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in California or nationally.  In fact, nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year, and in 2016 more than 2 million cases of three nationally-reported STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) were reported.  This is the highest number on record, and unfortunately, it may not be complete as many cases continue to go undiagnosed and unreported.  Sadly, young adolescents account for more than half of new infections, with African Americans and gay and/or bisexual men disproportionately affected.  Data also shows that our senior community is similarly affected by the increases in STI cases.  

CAFP’s Committees on Health of the Public and Continuing Professional Development are committed to tackling this public health crisis.  STIs are manageable within the family physician realm. Who better to integrate this care within the full spectrum of care than family physicians?  Join the battle with us!


GenSilent, a film about LGBT aging, 2010.
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National Clinicians Consultation Center PrEPline at 855-448-7737 or visit their website.

CDC Data

Health Disparities in HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB. CDC. 2016. More information. Accessed June 1, 2019.

Info for Youth

Sexually Transmitted Disease Fact Sheet for Youth More Information

Info from the American Family Physician

Access the collection of the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on sexually transmitted disease and related issues, including chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, human papillomavirus, and syphilis. More information.

Leader Voices Blog: A Forum for AAFP Leaders and Members 

Brent Sugimoto, MD, MPH, AAHIVS posted the blog "STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets" to AAFP's Leader Voices Blog on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Read the post online here.


PrEP & STD Testing Guidelines for Clinical Care Providers Download the pdf here.

California Family Physician

Read the California Family Physician issue dedicated to STIs, and "Catching STIs is a Good Thingby Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Continuing Medical Education

The Summer issue of California Family Physician has been reviewed and accepted by the American Academy of Family Physicians for three Prescribed CME credits. Clinicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives:  After reading the articles in this issue, learners should be able to:
1. Increase awareness among family physicians about the increasing rates of STI in California;
2. Outline the causes of increases in STI rates among senior patients;
3. Use case-based approach for PrEP in patients at risk for HIV infection; and
4. Highlight prenatal syphilis as a treatable condition.         

To claim your credits, please complete and submit this quiz and evaluation!

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