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

Posted May 16, 2018

The total number of cases represents a 45 percent increase over five years, according to a press release.

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.

California is in the midst of a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) epidemic, and it's so bad that the number of stillbirths due to syphilis has reached a 20-year high, U.S. News & World Report is reporting.

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. There were 30 in 2017, California's highest number since 1995. "Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net". Untreated syphilis can lead to permanent vision loss, hearing, and other neurologic problems.

AHF has been promoting sexual health and STD screening through its innovative billboard campaigns for the past several years in response to the overall skyrocketing rates of STDs nationwide, particularly among young people and men-who-have-sex-with-men.

During an eight-week period in May and June, Public Health representatives will provide syphilis tutorials and assessments to more than 500 medical providers who serve patients at higher risk of syphilis and pregnant women.

Klausner pointed to the nations of Cuba, Thailand and Belarus, which have virtually eliminated syphilis cases among infants, the AP reported.

'We've known how to control syphilis since early 1900s.

Dr Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, agreed that budget issues are part of the problem. In women, it can also be passed to the baby, called congenital syphilis and can result in stillbirth, early death, or long-term infection.

Experts agreed that sex education in schools and programs in the community raising awareness and having a public discussion about the often stigmatized conditions.

Consistent and correct condom use is still the best way to prevent STDs. The 75,450 cases of gonorrhea reported a year ago was the highest number since 1988. Men accounted for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. "Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms".