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Scientific Data Documentation
Sexually Transmitted Disease Morbidity (1989)

CENTER FOR PREVENTION SERVICES (CPS)

 Plans, directs, and coordinates national programs of assistance involving
 preventive health services to State and local health agencies.  In carrying
 out this mission the Center serves as the primary focus for assisting States
 and localities, through grants and other mechanisms, in establishing and
 maintaining prevention and control programs directed toward health problems,
 such as vaccine-preventable diseases, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and
 other sexually transmitted diseases.
DIVISION OF STD/HIV PREVENTION

 Administers research and operational programs for the prevention and control
 of syphilis, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases;  provides
 consultation, training, statistical, promotional, educational,
 epidemiological, and other technical services to assist and stimulate State
 and local health departments in the planning, development, implementation,
 and overall improvement of sexually transmitted disease control programs;
 and provides technical supervision to State and local assignees working on
 sexually transmitted disease control activities.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE MORBIDITY REPORT

 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE MORBIDITY REPORT (FORM NO. CDC73.688) DATABASE,
                         1984 to the present

 The contents of the database include annual sexually transmitted disease
 (STD) summary data for the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and
 selected outlying areas (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American
 Samoa).  The report summarizes STD morbidity), by gender, type of STD, and by
 geographic area.  The primary purpose of the system is to document STD
 trends.  Data are collected on an OMB-approved hard copy form.  These forms
 are mailed to CDC Headquarters in Atlanta quarterly by the reporting sites
 for processing and input into the mainframe system.

 a. INPUT FORMS

  Data are collected on the Sexually Transmitted Disease Report Form,
  CDC 73.688.  The form contains total reported cases of diagnosed STD's
  by type of disease, sex of patient, and state (or outlying area).

  Disposition:  Destroy hard copy forms after three years.

 b. DATA CONTAINED ON THE MASTER FILE.

  The database contains summarized morbidity information collected since 1963.
  Data are maintained and manipulated on the CDC mainframe computer and backed
  up on computer tape.

  Disposition:  PERMANENT--A "snapshot" copy of the Master File is sent
  to the National Archives at five year intervals.  The data are
  transferred to the Archives on tapes formatted in accordance with
  regulations noted in 36 CFR 1228.188, Transfer of machine-readable
  records to the National Archives.

 c. OUTPUTS

  (1) These data are published in the MMWR Annual Summary, Annual STD
      Surveillance Report, and the STD Annual Report
CAVEAT REGARDING WASHINGTON DC RATES

 If you request STD rates by STATE, data are provided for all 50 states
 and also for Washington, D.C.  However, please note that STD rates for
 Washington, D.C. are more properly compared with city STD rates than
 with those of states.  Major city rates are usually much higher than
 overall state rates, especially for gonorrhea.

 Consider, for example, gonorrhea rates in 1992:

 Baltimore = 1549.7,  Maryland = 355.3
 Detroit = 1010.4,    Michigan = 230.9
 Washington, D.C. = 1323.3




This page last reviewed: Thursday, January 28, 2016
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