Reduce the syphilis rate in females β€” STI‑03 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 5.1 cases of primary and secondary syphilis per 100,000 females aged 15 to 44 years were reported in 2017

Target: 4.6 per 100,000

Number of reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis among females aged 15 to 44 years.
Number of females aged 15 to 44 years.
Target-setting method
Percent improvement
Target-setting method details
10 percent improvement from the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were evaluated for this objective, but it was not possible to project a target because the trend was moving away from the desired direction. A 10 percent improvement from the baseline was used to calculate a target. This method was used because of the influence of external factors.


Methodology notes

Rates of reported primary and secondary syphilis are measured using nationally notifiable STD surveillance data, collected and compiled from reports sent by the STD control programs and health departments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Modified, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 but underwent a change in measurement.
Changes between HP2020 and HP2030
This objective differs from Healthy People 2020 objective STD-7.1 in that the Healthy People 2020 objective focused on reducing the rate of primary and secondary syphilis in females of all ages. For Healthy People 2030, the age group has been narrowed to focus on females of reproductive age (15- 44 years), as that is the target population to prevent congenital syphilis.