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'Shameful' Finding in California STD Report

'Shameful' Finding in California STD Report

The California Department of Public Health revealed in a report released on Monday a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the Golden State.

California recorded more than 300,000 cases of sexually transmitted disease in 2017, a 45 percent jump from five years earlier.

The almost half a million nationwide cases of gonorrhea in 2016 is even more urgent.

STDs are on the rise in California and in Butte County, but these aren't slight year-to-year increases, they're rising at an alarming rate.

In 2017, Sacramento had the 6th highest chlamydia rates of all 58 California counties.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea were the most rampant among people under 30, with rates of chlamydia highest among young women.

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If left untreated, gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancy. It can cause severe neurological problems, deformities or blindness, and death.

"The most devastating outcome of syphilis is congenital syphilis, which is affecting a baby which is a potentially fatal infection", said Golden.

These outcomes are not only personally hard and painful, they place a burden on our health system.

Another concerning number from the state health agency is that 30 stillbirths occurred in California due to syphilis.

Many STDs can be cured by antibiotics but prevention is still best. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it". Parents and educators need tools to talk about STDs in a medically accurate and inclusive manner. Someone who depended on public clinics for STD screening and treatment may not want to discuss it with their doctor, or may not have a doctor at all, she said. But numbers show premartial sex peaked with kids who were in high school in the 1980s. A new bill - SB 1023, introduced by Sen. It's even more risky for pregnant women.

She also partially blamed the funneling of patients away from public health services toward primary care physicians under the Affordable Care Act. With this year's budget showing a projected surplus, it's time for the governor and our elected lawmakers to make STD funding a priority in this year's state budget, and provide the leadership and resources needed to get the job done.


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