As California STD Rates Skyrocket, AHF Highlights New 'Gonorrhea Alert' Billboards

As California STD Rates Skyrocket, AHF Highlights New 'Gonorrhea Alert' Billboards

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said rates of chlamydia were highest among young women, while men accounted for most cases of syphilis and gonorrhea.

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.

If chlamydia and gonorrhea aren't treated it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.

Kern County has the second highest number of babies born with congenital syphilis, according to the data.

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.

If left untreated, the STD can lead to loss of vision, brain disease, and hearing problems.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African-Americans were almost five times higher than caucasians, CDPH found. African-Americans reported more than twice the rate for early syphilis than caucasians.

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'For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis is shameful, ' said Dr Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

The "Gonorrhea Alert" campaign follows a prior 'Syphilis is Serious' AHF campaign launched earlier this year highlighting prevention and treatment of syphilis. "Yet we continue to see an inadequate response from the CDC and the drug companies to address the growing public health threats posed by these infections, particularly those that may be medication-resistant", said AHF President Michael Weinstein. That could be a lingering effect of the 2008 financial crisis, when the state budget slashed public health funding. Many people with STD do not know they have it.

The Pew Research Center reported that the number of adults using dating sites and apps has almost tripled since 2013.

Other state efforts leverage innovative strategies such as courses for medical providers and teachers, expedited partner treatment to local clinics, and free and low cost online ordering options for home delivery of condoms and STD test kits.

"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, '" Klausner told the Associated Press.

"And for gay men and other men who have sex with men and trans persons, they should have STD screening every three months", said SF Department of Public Health's Dr. Susan Philip.

Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are highest in people ue younger than 30-year-old.

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