Record Number of STDs Diagnosed in California In 2017

16 May, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Denise Dawson
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In 2017, the number of California residents diagnosed with gonorrhea (over 13,000 cases), chlamydia (over 75,000 cases) or syphilis (over 218,000 cases) hit a consecutive three-year record, according to the California Department of Public Health. African-Americans had early-syphilis rates two-times higher than whites.

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.

According to the state report, officials are most concerned about an uptick in the number of stillbirths due to congenital syphilis.

Health officials said they were working with local public health agencies and community partners to enhance their capacity to investigate and reduce the spread of STDs.

Transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or delivery, congenital syphilis can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, blindness, hearing loss and birth defects, among other issues, according to CDPH.

The state report says Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates were highest among those under 30. Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net, ' Klausner said.

Dr Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, agreed that budget issues are part of the problem. But numbers show premartial sex peaked with kids who were in high school in the 1980s. The health department also looks forward to providing education regarding the risk of such STDs, and about screening and treatment.

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

Read the full report from the California Department of Public Health here.

Myriad factors contribute to high STD rates among minorities, including lack of health care resources, said Center for Health Equity Director Heather Jue Northover, the Los Angeles Times reported. They have programs launched throughout the state on STD prevention coalitions, Comprehensive Sex Education Network's, and STD awareness campaigns.

"While there are advocates and champions for cancer, nobody is out there saying, 'I have gonorrhea and these are the best ways to treat it.' There's no one out there being a champion for these conditions."

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

When it comes to gonorrhea, Kern is fourth in the state with 2,265 reported cases.

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