California reaches all-time high in sexually transmitted diseases

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

Washington State Department of Health officials and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials said sexually transmitted disease rates were continuing to rise. With more than 300,000 cases of all three diseases reported in the state in 2017, researchers counted 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis. Released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the data revealed a 45 percent increase in cases compared to data from five years ago. Young women made up the majority of chlamydia cases; men accounted for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women. In 2017, there were 278 stillbirths and 47 babies born with congenital syphilis in LA.

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.

"We've also seen changes in the population's behavior, which has diminished condom use, which has led to rising rates of STIs", said Dr. Matthew Golden, director of Public Health Seattle -King County's HIV STD Program.

Gonorrhea is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24.

Officials are particularly concerned by mothers infected with syphilis, which has led to a significant increase in the number of stillborn babies.

"We've known how to control syphilis since the early 1900s".

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The increase in the number of infections is due to several factors such as lack of education, decrease in the usage of condom and les number of STD clinics. This number, health authorities said, is alarming.

Klausner pointed to the nations of Cuba, Thailand and Belarus, which have virtually eliminated syphilis cases among infants, the AP reported. You can get an STD from oral sex despite some misinformation out there.

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

The report shows chlamydia and gonorrhea rates for African-Americans were 5 times higher than for whites.

The CDPH expressed plans to collaborate with local health departments and organizations in order to raise awareness about regular testing, safe sex practices, risks and treatment options, etc.

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