STD Cases in California, L.A. County Reach All-Time High

Los Angeles County has the unfortunate designation as the STD capital of the country, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest review of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. shows an “alarming” increase nationwide. But, according to the report, the situation is particularly troubling in California where cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have reached an all-time high.

In 2014, the U.S. saw 456 cases of chlamydia, 111 cases of gonorrhea and 6 cases of primary and secondary syphilis per 100,000 people. By contrast, there were 460 chlamydia cases in California, with 548 in L.A. County; 119 cases of gonorrhea in the state, with 153 in L.A. County; and 10 primary and secondary California syphilis cases, with 12 in L.A. County. Overall, that gives California the 22nd-highest rate of chlamydia, the 15th-highest rate of gonorrhea and the fourth-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis.

“America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment and prevention,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

Experts are quick to point out that all three diseases are preventable through safe sex practices. They are also curable. If left untreated, however, they cause anything from infertility in women to blindness.

Read more about the latest CDC report here.