the aim of this study was to analyze the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases (std) according to self-reporting by a sample of colombian adult population. a secondary source analysis was carried out using data of the national health survey-2007. the sample consisted of 29,760 persons between ages 18 and 69. at national level, a self-reported diagnosis of std of 0.6% was found; the highest percentages occurred in the pacific and atlantic regions, and the lowest in bogotá. findings showed that women (or=1.7), adults in the 18 24 age range (or=11.9), and population affiliated to the subsidized regime (or=2.1) were more likely to report std diagnosis. social determinants linked to the socio-economic position, poverty, access to health services and the roles of gender must be taken into consideration when analyzing stds in colombia.