California Sets Record Number of STDs Diagnosed in 2017

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Be careful out there, Californians. In 2017 California sets a record for the number of STDs diagnosed. California really does have everything.

The far left (literally and figuratively) state had more than 300,000 cases of the STDs chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnosed in 2017. If you are keeping score at home, that’s a 45% jump over the past five years and it set a new record.

In 2017 there were 75,750 cases of gonorrhea reported. This was the highest reported number of cases since 1988. There were 13,605 reported cases of “early syphilis” which is the highest number since 1987.

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Congenital cases of syphilis totaled up to 278. 30 of these were stillbirths. This was almost three times as many stillbirths as there were in 2016. The last time congenital syphilis was this high was 1995.

There were 218,710 chlamydia cases in 2017, which is the highest number since the totals began being tracked, which was in 1990.

Per the report:

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurologic problems.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are highest among people under age 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.

“STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms. Most people infected with an STD do not know it.”

They weren’t lying when they said California has everything. The only issue is some things are highly contagious. Be careful out there, yikes!

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