Reported STDs Reach Record High in California

Reported STDs Reach Record High in California

California hit record numbers of new infections of sexually transmitted diseases in 2017, with almost 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to a report by the state health department and published Monday.

Earlier this year, AHF put up a series of billboards warning that "Syphilis is Serious" with the same link to get free testing.

Here are the numbers: from 2013 to 2017, the rate of Chlamydia cases per 10,000 people has increased from 417 to 534, Gonorrhea from 64 to 136, and Early Syphilis from not even 1 to 32.

If not treated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause infertility, long-term pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy - when the fetus grows outside the uterus.

Congenital syphilis led to 30 stillbirths in 2017, the highest since 1995 and the fifth consecutive year that number rose, the agency said.

Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurological problems.

Overall, the number of STD cases has been climbing in the U. S. In 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 2 million cases of syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea-the highest ever recorded, with California near the top. "Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net".

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In terms of which STD Butte County has the most of, that answer is Chlamydia. To which, Dr. Heidi Bauer of the state health department's STD Control Branch agreed.

Even worse for California health authorities, however, is this: untreated syphilis can result in stillbirths.

She estimated that about $20 million in state and federal money is allocated yearly to fighting STDs - a small number in a state with almost 40 million residents. The health department also looks forward to providing education regarding the risk of such STDs, and about screening and treatment. Early detection and treatment can interrupt the steady climb of STD rates.

Experts agreed that sex education in schools and programs in the community raising awareness and having a public discussion about the often stigmatized conditions.

Consistent and correct condom use is still the best way to prevent STDs.

Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been rising nationally for several years.

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