Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Health officials say record number of Californians diagnosed with STDs past year

Health officials say record number of Californians diagnosed with STDs past year

The internet has indeed helped many people find their partners online, but it has also played a significant role in increasing the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases among couples in California in the year 2017, said the health officials on Monday.

Over the last five years, STD rates jumped 45% in California, which is an increase not seen in almost three decades. "Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms".

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. Young women suffer the most with chlamydia.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most basic among individuals under 30, the report said. This is up significantly from past year when 1,805 cases were reported.

Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are highest in people ue younger than 30-year-old. Someone who depended on public clinics for STD screening and treatment may not want to discuss it with their doctor, or may not have a doctor at all, she said. Discharge, bleeding between periods, swollen testicles are some of the symptoms of gonorrhea.

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A table depicts the number of gonorrhea cases reported in L.A. County from 2012 to 2017.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African-Americans were almost five times higher than caucasians, CDPH found. African-Americans reported more than twice the rate for early syphilis than caucasians.

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. It can occur after direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse.

If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Additionally, an infected mother can spread syphilis to her unborn baby.

Early syphilis cases rose 20 percent between 2016 and 2017. Rates among boys and men were twice as high than among girls and women.

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