STD Cases Just Reached a Record High in California

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

As per the report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), over 300,000 cases of gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia have been reported in the year 2017, which is a 45 percent jump in such cases from the data collected five years ago.

Rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases in Washington are prompting health officials at the Washington State Department of Health to urge sexually active people to get tested and treated for STDs.

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems.

Therefore, in order to educate people and spread awareness about the alarming risks of STD, the health officials are now working with schools, community groups as well as youth organisations across California.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea were the most rampant among people under 30, with rates of chlamydia highest among young women. Left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy, while syphilis can lead to blindness or even be fatal. Untreated syphilis can lead to permanent vision loss, hearing, and other neurologic problems.

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD; the rates are highest in 20 to 24-year-old women.

The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide - the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said.

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. Symptoms include abnormal discharge and a burning sensation during urination, though these signs may not appear for weeks.

There is a clinic at Kern Public Health.

Idaho health officials said the rise in STD rates paralleled the use of mobile dating apps.

'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, ' said Klausner. This represents an average infection rate of 34.3 cases per 100,000 Californians, higher than the national average of 8.7 per 100,000.

"STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics", said CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith.

More than two million new cases of all three infections were reported in the United States in 2016 - the most ever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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