CDC Sexually Transmitted Infection Costs (STIC) Figure and User’s Manual
An estimated 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur each year in the United States with an estimated cost of $12 to $20 billion (including HIV) in lifetime direct medical costs (in 2006 U.S. dollars). STI prevention programs can mitigate the health and economic burden of STIs. A tool to estimate the economic benefits of STI prevention and control program activities could be useful to STI program management.
In 2008, CDC developed and disseminated the STIC Figure application as a management tool to estimate costs averted through activities such as treatment of cases and treatment of contacts. The formulas used to estimate costs were based on 2006 dollars. In 2017, CDC updated the STIC Figure using 2016 dollars. The current version (1.1b) has some added features.
This management tool has been utilized in many ways. Some have used it as leverage to request additional funding at the state and local level while others have used it to demonstrate benefit and avoid budget cuts. A few project areas have indicated they use it to boost staff morale.
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