California reaches all-time high in sexually transmitted diseases

16 May, 2018, 11:39 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Reported STDs Reach Record High in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said rates of chlamydia were highest among young women, while men accounted for most cases of syphilis and gonorrhea.

An undated photo shows a home test kit to detect sexually transmitted diseases. And 33 percent of those cases are with people younger than 25 years old, according to the California Department of Public Health. In 2017, there were 218,710 reported cases of chlamydia, the highest number since 1990, representing a 9% increase over 2016. The sharp increase in cases could be due to a number of factors, including more people choosing to get diagnosed and reporting, officials said.

The Pew Research Center reported that the number of adults using dating sites and apps has almost tripled since 2013.

Consistent and correct condom use is still the best way to prevent STDs. The officials also say that getting regular STD testing is significant as many people who get infected have no idea about it.

Klausner placed much of the blame for the overall STD spike on what he called the "decimation" of public health infrastructure since the 2008 financial crisis.

The most reported sexually transmitted bacterial infections in the state, chlamydia and gonorrhea typically don't have symptoms but can cause problems including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility, according to CDPH.

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Klausner pointed to the nations of Cuba, Thailand and Belarus, which have virtually eliminated syphilis cases among infants, the AP reported.

Chlamydia can infect men and women and is transmitted by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

Here's what you should know about this record-breaking number. The syphilis rate for African-Americans were two times higher. A third of all cases were reported among individuals under 25. In 2017, Kern County had 59 cases, down from 75 in 2016. Untreated infections can cause health issues including brain disease, according to CDPH.

California reaches another record high in STD cases.

Congenital syphilis led to 30 stillbirths in 2017, the highest since 1995 and the fifth consecutive year that number rose, the agency said. Untreated syphilis can lead to permanent vision loss, hearing, and other neurologic problems.

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