Health officials say record number of Californians diagnosed with STDs a year ago

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

As The Sacramento Bee reports, "Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases".

Washington State Department of Health officials and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials said sexually transmitted disease rates were continuing to rise. New at-home kit promises to be the Amazon of STD testingThat's a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago.

According to the state report, officials are most concerned about an uptick in the number of stillbirths due to congenital syphilis.

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

Klausner placed much of the blame for the overall STD spike on what he called the "decimation" of public health infrastructure since the 2008 financial crisis. "Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net", Dr. Jeffery Klausner, a professor of medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Associated Press.

As students are warned in high school health classes, sexually transmitted diseases can have unsafe consequences.

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CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Karen Smith said that STDs can be prevented by consistent use of condoms. While it may be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, it can also be passed on from a woman to her baby during childbirth. If left untreated, gonorrhea can increase chances of getting or transmitting HIV. You can get syphilis by having direct contact with a sore.

Another 278 babies were born with the infection, which can cause severe health problems including premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, blindness and hearing loss.

The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide - the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said.

That latter stat is particularly troubling to public health officials given the long-term dangers of untreated syphilis, which can cause brain damage.

'We've known how to control syphilis since early 1900s.

The CDPH expressed plans to collaborate with local health departments and organizations in order to raise awareness about regular testing, safe sex practices, risks and treatment options, etc.

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