Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach Record High in California

According to a report this week released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a record number of California residents were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017. More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported last year, marking a 45 percent increase compared to rates five years ago and the highest number since at least 1990.

Of particular concern is the significant increase in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis. In 2017, there were 30 stillbirths, which is the highest number reported since 1995. California has the second highest rate of congenital syphilis in the U.S. behind Louisiana according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The full CDPH report is available here.