STD Rate In California Hits New High: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis Worst Culprits

Reported STD Cases Reach New High in California, Health Officials Find

Reported STD Cases Reach New High in California, Health Officials Find

The state Department of Public Health says a record number of state residents - 308,043 - were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) last year, a number that's up 45 percent from just five years ago.

Gonorrhea is one of the most commonly reported STDs in the United States, with more cases than syphilis but fewer cases than chlamydia. Both campaigns drive the public to AHF's www.FreeSTDCheck.org website to learn more about the disease and find locations to access free STD testing and affordable care for the treatment of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis through AHF.

"We all need to keep making the public aware of and encourage sexually-active individuals to get tested for STDs on a regular basis-and be treated, if and as necessary-and to also use tools like condoms to prevent or reduce the likelihood of infections".

In California, chlamydia rates among women were 60 percent higher than among males, and 54 percent of cases were in people under the age of 25.

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

The report shows chlamydia and gonorrhea rates for African-Americans were 5 times higher than for whites. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".


Reported instances of syphilis also increased. If left untreated, gonorrhea can increase chances of getting or transmitting HIV. You can get syphilis by having direct contact with a sore. With a state population of almost 40 million, Bauer said it isn't enough, especially in areas struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.

Transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or delivery, congenital syphilis can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, blindness, hearing loss and birth defects, among other issues, according to CDPH.

In 2017 there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, with a total of 278 congenital syphilis cases. This represents an average infection rate of 34.3 cases per 100,000 Californians, higher than the national average of 8.7 per 100,000.

While the health department is now planning a public effort to spread awareness about the dangers of STDs and how to protect against them, the head of the state's STD Control Branch said budget issues likely played a role in the uptick of cases.

Early syphilis, which includes the primary, secondary and early latent stages of the disease, reached the highest number of cases since 1987, the agency found.

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