• Spikes in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis take STDs to record highs i

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    California reached a record high in the number of sexually
    transmitted disease cases last year, with the state seeing an
    overall 45 percent spike in the number of chlamydia, gonorrhea
    and syphilis cases over the past five years.

    According to the state report, officials are most concerned
    about an uptick in the number of stillbirths due to congenital

    The data, which was compiled by the California Department of
    Public Health, revealed chlamydia and gonorrhea to be most
    rampant among people under 30, with rates of chlamydia highest
    among young women. Men accounted for the majority of syphilis
    and gonorrhea cases.

    "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,'"

    - Dr. Jeffrey Klausner

    If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can result in
    infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain, while
    syphilis can cause blindness, hearing loss and neurologic
    issues. With more than 300,000 cases of all three diseases
    reported in the state in 2017, researchers counted 30
    stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis.

    “For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis
    is shameful,” Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at
    University of California, Los Angeles, told the Associated
    Press. “We’ve known how to control syphilis since early 1900s.
    Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public
    health safety net.”

    Officials were quick to point to a lack of public sex education
    and health programs in the community.

    “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. “There’s no
    one out there being a champion for these conditions.”

    The health department's chief of the division of communicable
    disease control also placed blame on social media.

    "It makes it easier for people to meet people they don't already
    know to have sex," Dr. James Watt told the San Francisco
    Chronicle. "The internet allows for broadening of sexual
    networks, and the broader that gets the more opportunity you
    have for sexually transmitted diseases to spread."

    The health department is now planning a greater public effort to
    spread awareness about the dangers of STDs and how to protect
    against them, but the head of the state’s STD Control Branch
    said budget issues have played a role in the uptick of cases.

    Dr. Heidi Bauer estimated that about $20 million in state and
    federal money is allocated annually to fighting STDs. With a
    state population of nearly 40 million, Bauer said it isn’t
    enough, especially in areas struggling with poverty, substance
    abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.

    The state's homeless population of more than 130,000 people
    accounts for about 25 percent of the nationwide total, with
    clean up efforts associated with the communities topping $10
    million in 2016-17. Maintenance crews have been tasked with
    cleaning up feces, urine, needles and other dangerous materials
    as the cities grapple with how to handle the surge of

    In April, the health department reported a slowdown in the
    number of reported hepatitis A cases that was plaguing the
    homeless community since a 2016 outbreak began in San Diego
    County. It had spread to Santa Cruz, Los Angeles and Monterey
    counties, killing 21 people.

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/05/15/stds-reach-all-time- high-in-california.html

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