STDs reach all-time high in California

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Health officials say a record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease previous 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. In total, there were 75,560 cases in 2017, representing a 16 percent increase from the year before, making the rate 190.5 cases per 100,000 Californians. The cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea are more common among men.

Officials revealed that there were 30 stillbirths linked to congenital syphilis in 2017, the highest reported since 1995.

In the last few years, Kern County has seen sexually transmitted disease rates soar, putting Kern's STD rates among the highest in the state.

"We've known how to control syphilis since early 1900's".

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"Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most commonly reported sexually transmitted bacterial infections in California." the report reads. According to the new report, young female Californians comprised of the majority of cases. Both campaigns drive the public to AHF's www.FreeSTDCheck.org website to learn more about the disease and find locations to access free STD testing and affordable care for the treatment of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis through AHF.

Untreated STDs can cause serious problems. Syphilis may also cause neurological problems, as well as permanent loss of vision and hearing.

AHF has been promoting sexual health and STD screening through its innovative billboard campaigns for the past several years in response to the overall skyrocketing rates of STDs nationwide, particularly among young people and men-who-have-sex-with-men.

She estimated that about $20 million in state and federal money is allocated yearly to fighting STDs - a small number in a state with almost 40 million residents.

Sexually active people of the Northwest: Get tested.

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Idaho health officials said the rise in STD rates paralleled the use of mobile dating apps. While it may be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, it can also be passed on from a woman to her baby during childbirth.

The report shows chlamydia and gonorrhea rates for African-Americans were 5 times higher than for whites.

The state health agency says it's working with local health departments and other organizations throughout the state to raise awareness about STDs.

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

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