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Record Number of STDs Diagnosed in California In 2017

Record Number of STDs Diagnosed in California In 2017

The internet has indeed helped many people find their partners online, but it has also played a significant role in increasing the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases among couples in California in the year 2017, said the health officials on Monday.

The Golden State has seen a almost 45 percent increase in three of the most serious STD's - syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea - since five years ago: 300,000 such cases in 2017.

That's a 45 percent increase from five years ago.

See the CDPH's breakdown of the data here. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the wire service. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women.

In 2017 there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, with a total of 278 congenital syphilis cases.

As students are warned in high school health classes, sexually transmitted diseases can have unsafe consequences.

The "Gonorrhea Alert" campaign follows a prior 'Syphilis is Serious' AHF campaign launched earlier this year highlighting prevention and treatment of syphilis.




Therefore, in order to educate people and spread awareness about the alarming risks of STD, the health officials are now working with schools, community groups as well as youth organisations across California. Los Angeles County alone saw congenital syphilis cases jump from eight in 2013 to 47 previous year.

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.

Untreated infections can cause health issues including brain disease, according to CDPH. Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurologic problems.

Adding to the problem, says Dr. Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, is the fact that many Californians have been steered away from getting their health treatment at public clinics, and into private practice via the Affordable Care Act.

"STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics", said CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith in a statement. That's the highest number reported in the state since 1995.

Idaho health officials said the rise in STD rates paralleled the use of mobile dating apps.

Reported instances of syphilis also increased.