Californians suffered a record number of STDs in 2017

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More than 300,000 cases of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago, according to the state.

In California, chlamydia rates among women were 60 percent higher than among males, and 54 percent of cases were in people under the age of 25.

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.

The most concerning finding on this report was in 2017- when there were 30 stillbirths due to syphilis. "We all need to keep making the public aware of and encourage sexually-active individuals to get tested for STDs on a regular basis-and be treated, if and as necessary-and to also use tools like condoms to prevent or reduce the likelihood of infections".

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.

Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been rising nationally for several years.

As students are warned in high school health classes, sexually transmitted diseases can have risky consequences.


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.

Here's what you should know about this record-breaking number.

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

Different stages of syphilis (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary) have different symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states.

Another 278 babies were born with the infection, which can cause severe health problems including premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, blindness and hearing loss.

Since 2013, the number of babies in California born with congenital syphilis has more than quadrupled - to 278 previous year. With 13,605 recorded cases, early syphilis reached its highest rate since 1987.

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

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