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STD cases drastically climb in California

STD cases drastically climb in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said rates of chlamydia were highest among young women, while men accounted for most cases of syphilis and gonorrhea.

STDs are booming in California, with health officials anxious about a 45% increase over the last five years. "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. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women.

The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide - the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said.

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. The billboards first appeared throughout Los Angeles starting the week of May 14 and then will be posted over the next two weeks in more than a dozen other cities and communities nationwide where AHF has operations.

Thirty-three percent of gonorrhea cases in California were in people under age 25. 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.

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"STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics", said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

Here's what you should know about this record-breaking number.

Different stages of syphilis (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary) have different symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states.

And the numbers are rising in Butte County, especially with early Syphilis. It can occur after direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse. It can cause severe neurological problems, deformities or blindness, and death.

Female cases of syphilis increased early 7-fold from less than 250 early-cases reported in 2012. Additionally, an infected mother can spread syphilis to her unborn baby. According to health officials, STDs are largely curable and can be easily prevented by taking measures to practice safe sex.


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