U.S. Struggles with More Record High STD Rates as California Ranks Higher

Published Date : Sep 27, 2017

As per federal data released Tuesday, for the second year on the trot, a record high number of people detected for syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia in the U.S. had been reached in 2016. California, in particular, has posted higher rates with an over 2.0 million cases reported. Making a mockery of the downtrend that started in 2006, since 2014, these three sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have consistently increased in the nation. Health officials have been of the opinion that the increase could be a result of a decreasing count of STD clinics, lack of awareness among patients and doctors, and reducing condom usage.

Syphilis Cases among Women of Reproductive Age in California Increased 50.0% in 2015-16

Health officials have recommended sexually active individuals to get tested for STDs on a regular basis. Mothers with syphilis could give birth to babies born with the same STD. The count of babies with congenital syphilis had reached 632 in 2016, close to a double number recorded in 2012. Again, California has been topping the charts with higher rates of syphilis cases in the U.S. In 2016, there were 206 babies infected while only 35 were recorded in 2012. A 40.0% jump in the number of Californians infected by either of the three STDs had been exhibited last year, according to the state officials, which constituted an over quarter-million people in the state.

The rising rates of gonorrhea in 2016 had been a major concern, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) STD prevention director, Dr. Gail Bolan, with a more number of strains becoming resistant to antibiotics. Bolan has also said that the STD prevention division is down to the last class of antibiotics available to treat gonorrhea. The infection has become hard to treat since the bacteria have mutated. Yet, the division wants to ensure the threat of these potentially resistant strains is kept at a low level.