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Social Media Linked To Surge In Sexually Transmitted Diseases In California

Social Media Linked To Surge In Sexually Transmitted Diseases In California”

On May 14, health officials stated that more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported in 2017.

The number of reported sexually transmitted diseases in California has reached an all-time high, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

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.

There were 30 syphilis-related stillbirths in California in 2017, the highest since 1997. If left untreated, gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancy.

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. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.

The state recorded the highest number of chlamydia cases since reporting started in 1990, the agency said.

CDPH is collaborating with local health departments and organizations throughout the state to raise awareness.

In Washington, federal and state funds provide $3.2 million per year for STD prevention, monitoring and control from 2017 to 2019.

'For sexual health, primary care wasn't the most effective method, ' Bauer said.

Idaho health officials said the rise in STD rates paralleled the use of mobile dating apps. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women. For one, California residents may not be getting regular screenings.

Klausner also said sex education and programs in the community will help lessen the stigma surrounding these conditions.

The good news is that all three of these once-lethal infections can be easily treated, and even cured, with antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

"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.

Several factors contribute to increases in infection rates.

The health department's director, Dr. Karen Smith, urged sexually active people to use condoms and get tested regularly.

A table depicts the number of gonorrhea cases reported in L.A. County from 2012 to 2017.



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