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Californians suffered a record number of STDs in 2017

Californians suffered a record number of STDs in 2017

More than 300,000 cases of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago, according to the state.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African-Americans were almost five times higher than caucasians, CDPH found. African-Americans reported more than twice the rate for early syphilis than caucasians.

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high previous year and, state health authorities said Monday.

The data, which was compiled by the California Department of Public Health, revealed chlamydia and gonorrhea to be most rampant among people under 30, with rates of chlamydia highest among young women.

The Pew Research Center reported that the number of adults using dating sites and apps has almost tripled since 2013. Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net, ' Klausner said.

Another 278 babies were born with the infection, which can cause severe health problems including premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, blindness and hearing loss.

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.

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

"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.

Syphilis, up 20% to 13,605 cases-the highest number in California since 1987.

Dr Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, agreed that budget issues are part of the problem.

Health experts have a number of theories as to why all these STDs are on the rise. Early detection and treatment can interrupt the steady climb of STD rates. For one, California residents may not be getting regular screenings.

Reported instances of syphilis also increased. According to the CDC, most people with chlamydia don't have symptoms, or those symptoms may not appear for several weeks.

In the last few years, Kern County has seen sexually transmitted disease rates soar, putting Kern's STD rates among the highest in the state.

Many STDs can be cured by antibiotics but prevention is still best.

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