California Has an STD Problem

The number of people diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases reached a record high in California last year, according to the latest report from the California Department of Public Health.

There were more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis in 2017 -- up 45 percent from five years ago -- and the highest number of syphilis-related stillbirths (30) since 1995. In Los Angeles County alone, there were 47 babies born with congenital syphilis. L.A. also had the third highest rate of gonorrhea, the eighth highest rate of chlamydia and the ninth highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis.

Experts say STDs rates are also rising nationwide. They’re blaming decreasing condom use, fewer health clinics, and the proliferation of online dating apps for the increase.

Officials have urged people to be cautious, use protection, and get tested.

Check out the latest data here


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