Record Number of STDs Diagnosed in California In 2017

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

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

The internet has indeed helped many people find their partners online, but it has also played a significant role in increasing the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases among couples in California in the year 2017, said the health officials on Monday.

If left untreated, both chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to serious reproductive health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility, according to the study. According to the CDC, most people with chlamydia don't have symptoms, or those symptoms may not appear for several weeks. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. The agency released 2017 data which show record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

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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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. Los Angeles County alone saw congenital syphilis cases jump from eight in 2013 to 47 previous year. And result in stillbirths it does: in 2017, there were 30 syphilis-related stillbirths in California, the most since 1995. Public health clinics have been forced to close, and less money is allocated towards sexual education programs in high schools and universities. "We've been seeing increases for all three diseases for the last five or six years", department rep James Watt tells the San Francisco Chronicle, though particularly concerning is a 30% increase in stillbirths caused by congenital syphilis.

Idaho health officials said the rise in STD rates paralleled the use of mobile dating apps.

"My goal is to eliminate congenital syphilis cases in LA County", said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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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. Officials say regular STD testing is important because most people who are infected don't know it.

CDPH is collaborating with local health departments and organizations throughout the state to raise awareness.

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