CDPH Releases STD Surveillance Report
This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its “2016 STD Annual Report” which includes data tables, trends, slides, and technical notes regarding sexually transmitted diseases throughout California last year. The report indicated the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis are increasing in California; CDPH is particularly concerned about the observed increase in the rate of congenital syphilis throughout the state.
To reverse these increasing STD trends, CDPH states that it will require active engagement of healthcare systems and medical providers, investments in new diagnostics and treatments, and meaningful partnerships between local health departments, community organizations, and educational institutions. The “2016 STD Annual Report” and supporting materials are available here. Summaries of 10-year trends and 2016 gender, age, and race/ethnicity STD distributions for each local health jurisdiction are available here.