Reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach a New High in California

  • Reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach a New High in California

Reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach a New High in California

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare official Chris Smith said syphilis cases in Idaho has risen about 300 percent in the last five years. Young women made up the majority of chlamydia cases; men accounted for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. The state health agency reminds Californians that chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain if they go untreated.

Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurological problems.

There were 30 syphilis-related stillbirths in California in 2017, the highest since 1997.

There were 13,605 early syphilis cases reported in 2017, people reporting the first stage of the disease marked by sores in or around the mouth and genitals.

"For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis is shameful", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, told the Associated Press.

He pointed to nations such as Cuba, Thailand and Belarus that have almost eliminated the life-threatening infection seen in infants.

Earlier this year, AHF put up a series of billboards warning that "Syphilis is Serious" with the same link to get free testing. "Yet we continue to see an inadequate response from the CDC and the drug companies to address the growing public health threats posed by these infections, particularly those that may be medication-resistant", said AHF President Michael Weinstein. Many people with STD do not know they have it.

The "public health safety net" Klausner refers to has been decimated by budget cuts since the 2008 financial crisis. That's the highest number reported in the state since 1995.

Klausner said that sexual health - and money for education about sexual health - isn't something people like to talk about.

Officials blame lack of STD awareness, decreasing number of clinics and less frequent condom usage for the rates, the L.A. Times reported. For one, California residents may not be getting regular screenings. 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.

Consistent and correct condom use is still the best way to prevent STDs. The agency released 2017 data which show record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.