All About California’s Current STD Epidemic

All About California’s Current STD Epidemic

Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea are all on the rise, with possibly severe consequences.

You will likely avoid getting Ebola if you’re in California. That being said, you might contract something else.

Reports indicate that sexually transmitted diseases were at an all-time high in the golden state last year.

Specifically, more than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis were reported back in 2017. The statistics mark a 45% increase in these STDs in California since 2013, and should leave you grabbing for a condom.

Who is getting sick, exactly? These illnesses can target anyone who is sexually active. Experts are saying that half of the chlamydia cases and a third of gonorrhea cases occurred in people under the age of 25. (The rest is up for grabs).

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Some cases are even being seen in the babies of infected mothers, sometimes resulting in stillbirths.

Chlamydia has been found to be more common in women. For men, it’s gonorrhea.

And some of the highest rates of both are seen in men who have sex with other men.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are often treatable with antibiotics, and it’s important to be screened regularly if you are sexually active. These STDs can sit in your system without symptoms, making them hard to detect without a blood test.

If they do remain untreated however, it can result in infertility, deafness, blindness, neurological problems and severe discomfort down the road.

The best solution? Always use a condom and practice safe sex.

 

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