California STD Rates Hit Record High

  • California STD Rates Hit Record High

California STD Rates Hit Record High

The quantity of instances of sexually transmitted maladies in California achieved a record high a year ago and authorities are especially anxious by a spike in stillbirths because of inborn syphilis, state wellbeing experts said Monday.

As per the report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), over 300,000 cases of gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia have been reported in the year 2017, which is a 45 percent jump in such cases from the data collected five years ago.

Over the last five years, STD rates jumped 45% in California, which is an increase not seen in almost three decades.

Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are highest in people ue younger than 30-year-old.

There is a clinic at Kern Public Health. Officials with the San Francisco Department of Public Health believe recent advances in HIV prevention drugs may have led to an increase in unprotected sex in some communities, possibly increasing STD rates. Discharge, bleeding between periods, swollen testicles are some of the symptoms of gonorrhea.

A table depicts the number of gonorrhea cases reported in L.A. County from 2012 to 2017. Young women made up the majority of chlamydia cases; men accounted for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.

Reported cases of Primary and Secondary Syphilis, for females ages 15-44 has gone down. It can occur after direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse.

If chlamydia and gonorrhoea are left untreated then it can result in infertility, chorionic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy.

Reported instances of syphilis also increased.

Kern County has the second highest number of babies born with congenital syphilis, according to the data.

The last time the levels were approximately this high was in 1990.

The CDPH expressed plans to collaborate with local health departments and organizations in order to raise awareness about regular testing, safe sex practices, risks and treatment options, etc.

The report found that there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis in 2017, with a total of 278 congenital syphilis cases.