Report shows STDs in California at all-time high

Report shows STDs in California at all-time 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.

On May 14, health officials stated that more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported in 2017. New at-home kit promises to be the Amazon of STD testingThat's a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago.

See the CDPH's breakdown of the data here. Rates of chlamydia are most astounding among young ladies, while men represent the greater part of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. 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 in California", officials said.

"STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics", said CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".

The report said that people who are under the age of 30 are the ones who suffer with chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Different stages of syphilis (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary) have different symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states. You can get syphilis by having direct contact with a sore.

STD rates jumped in recent years, especially among the African American community.

A table depicts the number of gonorrhea cases reported in L.A. County from 2012 to 2017. "Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms".

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

As a result of the report, CDPH says it will collaborate with local health departments and organizations statewide to raise awareness.

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