Record Number of STDs Diagnosed in California In 2017

A table depicts the number of gonorrhea cases reported in L.A. County from 2012 to 2017

The California Department of Public Health said Monday that there were more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis reported previous year.

On May 14, health officials stated that more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported in 2017.

See the CDPH's breakdown of the data here. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the wire service. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women.

Syphilis, up 20% to 13,605 cases-the highest number in California since 1987. "We all need to keep making the public aware of and encourage sexually-active individuals to get tested for STDs on a regular basis-and be treated, if and as necessary-and to also use tools like condoms to prevent or reduce the likelihood of infections".

The most reported STD was chlamydia, with 218,710 cases reported in 2017. Symptoms include abnormal discharge and a burning sensation during urination, though these signs may not appear for weeks.


Adding to the problem, says Dr. Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, is the fact that many Californians have been steered away from getting their health treatment at public clinics, and into private practice via the Affordable Care Act. "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.

The report details how many cases were diagnosed in California in 2017.

The statistics show chlamydia and gonorrhea rates were highest among those under age 30.

The state recorded the highest number of chlamydia cases since reporting started in 1990, the agency said.

Different stages of syphilis (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary) have different symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states. African-Americans had early-syphilis rates two-times higher than whites. It can occur after direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse. On the other hand, syphilis can lead to neurologic issues, loss of hearing and blindness. In 2017, there were 278 stillbirths and 47 babies born with congenital syphilis in LA.

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