Report finds cases of STDs reach 30-year high in California

Henrietta Brewer
October 9, 2019

Alaska ranked about in the middle of states for primary, secondary and congenital syphilis, but the rate has approximately doubled over the 2013-2017 average.

There were more than 115,000 syphilis cases.

"The subject of STD rates and why they remain so high is a discussion with much nuance and no single, simple answer", Wyand noted.

Leading the rise in nationwide increases, the USA saw a 40% rise in newborns born with congenital syphilis since past year, about a 14% increase overall.

The increases in STDs coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures.


More than 336,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported previous year, as rates of all three STDs continued to increase across the state, the California Department of Public Health reported.

In the past year, there was also a 40 percent rise in congenital syphilis, the type passed from mothers to their babies.

According to Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, "STDs can come at a high cost for babies and other vulnerable populations".

Local health departments play a crucial role in preventing the spread of STDs. "The public's health is in danger". Together, all of these factors point to roughly the same sentiment: Americans stopped taking STDs seriously.

"We have an STD crisis in the United States because prevention programs were sold short for years", David C. Harvey, executive director of the NCSD, said in a statement.


"The resurgence of syphilis, and particularly congenital syphilis, is not an arbitrary event, but rather a symptom of a deteriorating public health infrastructure and lack of access to health care", Gail Bolan, the CDC's director of STD Prevention, said in the report. Gonorrhea has increased 63% since 2014 to over 583,405 cases.

Those cases rose 36% between 2017 and 2018.

Meanwhile a startling new trend in congenital syphilis has emerged.

Don't be another statistic, if you are mature enough to have sex do it safely "no glove = no love". "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".

When it comes to gonorrhea, one of the concerns is its ever-increasing resistance to antibiotics. No one is immune to STDs, so "don't be silly, wrap up that willy" because a few moments of being irresponsible are not worth the risk or the consequences.


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