Reported STD Cases Reach New High in California, Health Officials Find

Reported STD Cases Reach New High in California, Health Officials Find

Chlamydia and gonorrhea were the most rampant among people under 30, with rates of chlamydia highest among young women.

Early syphilis, which includes the primary, secondary and early latent stages of the disease, reached the highest number of cases since 1987, the agency found.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announces since 2012, rates of syphilis among both men and women have been steadily increasing in Los Angeles County and in California.

According to the state report, officials are most concerned about an uptick in the number of stillbirths due to congenital syphilis. With more than 300,000 cases of all three diseases reported in the state in 2017, researchers counted 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis. This was the highest number the state recorded since reporting began in 1990.

Washington state health officials said many factors went into the rate rising, but it was partially a lack of knowledge and access to care. Many people with STD do not know they have it. Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net, ' Klausner said.


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

"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. On the other hand, syphilis can lead to neurologic issues, loss of hearing and blindness. That could be a lingering effect of the 2008 financial crisis, when the state budget slashed public health funding. Early detection and treatment can interrupt the steady climb of STD rates.

The health department is spearheading a "multi-pronged" effort to educate the public about the risks and get the word out to medical providers about the latest advances in screening and treatment, Bauer said. According to the new report, young female Californians comprised of the majority of cases. While it may be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, it can also be passed on from a woman to her baby during childbirth. The officials also say that getting regular STD testing is significant as many people who get infected have no idea about it.

Many STDs can be cured by antibiotics but prevention is still best. The agency released 2017 data which show record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

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