California Sees 45-Percent Increase In STDs Over 5 Years

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare official Chris Smith said syphilis cases in Idaho has risen about 300 percent in the last five years. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the wire service.

Reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases reached a new high in California in 2017, health officials announced on Monday.

In 2017, there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis in California; this is the highest number reported since 1995.

Klausner placed much of the blame for the overall STD spike on what he called the "decimation" of public health infrastructure since the 2008 financial crisis. Chlamydia rates among girls and women were 60 percent higher than boys and men.

The report details how many cases were diagnosed in California in 2017.

"A lot of students are sexually active, especially younger people, and the hookup culture is pretty prominent", said another.

For the health officials, the increase is more alarming than ever considering the fact that the number of sexually transmitted disease has increased each year for six years. "And for gay men and other men who have sex with men and trans persons, they should have STD screening every three months", said Dr. Susan Philip from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Health officials say record number of Californians diagnosed with STDs last year
STDs reach an all-time high in California: Report reveals alarming spike in syphilis stillbirths as number of sexual

In California, 75,450 gonorrhea cases were reported in 2017, marking it the highest number since 1988.

This year they also received a 3-year Syphilis grant which goes directly to educating people about the dangers of STDs and how to prevent them, and she says it has been very successful so far.

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.

"We've known how to control syphilis since early 1900's".

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

Since 2013, the number of babies in California born with congenital syphilis has more than quadrupled - to 278 a year ago.

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.

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