Report shows STDs in California at all-time high

Health officials say record number of Californians diagnosed with STDs last year

STD Rate In California Hits New High: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis Worst Culprits

Human pap smear showing chlamydia in the vacuoles at 500x and stained with H&E.

Sexually transmitted disease rates are at an all-time high in California, according to new data from the California Department of Public Health. This is up significantly from a year ago when 1,805 cases were reported.

More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported in the state-up 45 percent since 2013, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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"In 2017 there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis in California", officials said.

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems.

If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain, according to the CDPH.

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Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are highest among people under age 30.

Overall, the number of STD cases has been climbing in the U. S. In 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 2 million cases of syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea-the highest ever recorded, with California near the top. "Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms. And for gay men and other men who have sex with men and trans persons, they should have STD screening every three months", said SF Department of Public Health's Dr. Susan Philip.

Other state efforts leverage innovative strategies such as courses for medical providers and teachers, expedited partner treatment to local clinics, and free and low cost online ordering options for home delivery of condoms and STD test kits. More information can be found on their website.

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