California Sees 45-Percent Increase In STDs Over 5 Years

Reported STDs Reach Record High in California

Health officials say record number of Californians diagnosed with STDs last year

This was the highest number the state recorded since reporting began in 1990.

"More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45% increase compared to five years ago", wrote the authors.

Idaho health officials said one of the reasons for a sharp increase in STD rates could be that some dating apps can "facilitate anonymous sexual encounters, making partner notification, testing, and treatment for those with or exposed to STDs complicated and inadequate to reduce the spread of the disease". If left untreated, Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. But rates of more serious infections like syphilis have increased even more, especially among men, including a 20% overall increase from 2016. And result in stillbirths it does: in 2017, there were 30 syphilis-related stillbirths in California, the most since 1995.

State officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis. On the other hand, syphilis can lead to neurologic issues, loss of hearing and blindness.

"For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis is shameful", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, told the Associated Press.

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There is a clinic at Kern Public Health. That could be a lingering effect of the 2008 financial crisis, when the state budget slashed public health funding.

She also partially blamed the funneling of patients away from public health services toward primary care physicians under the Affordable Care Act. While health officials encourage routine screening for STD's, they mention that emerging strains of gonorrhea are outpacing available antibiotics.

Klausner also said sex education and programs in the community will help lessen the stigma surrounding these conditions. The agency released 2017 data which show record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. According to the CDC, most people with chlamydia don't have symptoms, or those symptoms may not appear for several weeks.

"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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