A new report finds that the number of reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases in California reached a record high in 2017-and public health officials are particularly concerned about a sharp rise in stillbirths related to congenital syphilis.
The state report says Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates were highest among those under 30. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women.
The most concerning finding on this report was in 2017- when there were 30 stillbirths due to syphilis.
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CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Karen Smith said that STDs can be prevented by consistent use of condoms.
The most reported STD was chlamydia, with 218,710 cases reported in 2017. The billboards first appeared throughout Los Angeles starting the week of May 14 and then will be posted over the next two weeks in more than a dozen other cities and communities nationwide where AHF has operations.
Gonorrhea is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24.
In the last few years, Kern County has seen sexually transmitted disease rates soar, putting Kern's STD rates among the highest in the state.
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If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can result in infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain, while syphilis can cause blindness, hearing loss and neurologic issues. "And for gay men and other men who have sex with men and trans persons, they should have STD screening every three months", said SF Department of Public Health's Dr. Susan Philip. This was the highest number the state recorded since reporting began in 1990.
"We've known how to control syphilis since the early 1900s". You can get syphilis by having direct contact with a sore.
A table depicts the number of gonorrhea cases reported in L.A. County from 2012 to 2017.
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.
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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.