'Shameful' Finding in California STD Report

'Shameful' Finding in California STD Report

'Shameful' Finding in California STD Report

More than 300,000 people in the state were diagnosed with syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia last year, a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago, state officials said.

"So in San Francisco, we recommend young women 25 and under get screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea every year with their provider".

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.

Even worse for California health authorities, however, is this: untreated syphilis can result in stillbirths. Chlamydia is more prevalent in women, while gonorrhea, which has increased 16 percent since 2016, is more common in men. Los Angeles County alone saw congenital syphilis cases jump from eight in 2013 to 47 past year. That's "shameful", says Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

California's Department of Public Health, Office of Public Affairs published a press release due to the alarming increase of STD's in the state of California. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".

Female cases of syphilis increased early 7-fold from less than 250 early-cases reported in 2012.

Washington State Department of Health officials and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials said sexually transmitted disease rates were continuing to rise.


Alfaro cited lack of access to health care, insurance and education as contributing factors to the rise in congenital syphilis.

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems. According to the CDC, up to 40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn or die from the infection as a newborn.

"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".

The health department's director, Dr. Karen Smith, urged sexually active people to use condoms and get tested regularly.

Those most commonly affected by chlamydia and gonorrhea are under 30 years old.

Klausner pointed to the nations of Cuba, Thailand and Belarus, which have virtually eliminated syphilis cases among infants, the AP reported.

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