STDs reach all-time high in California

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Bauer also suggested the rise in STDs may be a symptom of more general problems in areas such as the economically hard-hit San Joaquin Valley where people are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness. This was the highest number the state recorded since reporting began in 1990. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. This is up significantly from past year when 1,805 cases were reported.

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

State officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis.

STDs reach all-time high in California
STDs reach all-time high in California

In Los Angeles County, gonorrhea cases more than doubled since 2013. That is a 45 percent increase from 2012.

If not treated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause infertility, long-term pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy - when the fetus grows outside the uterus.

The report said that people who are under the age of 30 are the ones who suffer with chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a medicine professor at UCLA, said that the steady increase, especially in congenital syphilis, is "shameful".

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were concentrated among those younger than 30. He also noted that Thailand, Cuba, and Belarus almost eliminated infection in infants.

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In terms of which STD Butte County has the most of, that answer is Chlamydia.

Earlier this year, AHF put up a series of billboards warning that "Syphilis is Serious" with the same link to get free testing.

The report shows chlamydia and gonorrhea rates for African-Americans were 5 times higher than for whites. An estimated $20 million is for health care, which the department says is not enough for California's 40 million residents. The health department also looks forward to providing education regarding the risk of such STDs, and about screening and treatment.

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Consistent and correct condom use is still the best way to prevent STDs.