STD Rates in California Are Higher Than National Average: Health Officials

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National health officials sounded the alarm last week about a troubling rise in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rates, with cases reaching an all-time high in 2015.

Now health officials say the picture is even worse in California, where sexually transmitted disease rates are higher than the national average and climbing even faster.

“Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are going up in California at a concerning rate,” Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, said Tuesday. “This is the second year in a row that we have seen increases in all three diseases.”

Total cases in California were the highest in 2015 that they have been since the state began keeping records of the three diseases in 1990. Cases have increased nearly 12% in the state since 2014, the worst previous year.

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