With more than 300,000 cases of all three diseases reported in the state in 2017, researchers counted 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis.
California reached a record high in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases last year, with the state seeing an overall 45 percent spike in the number of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases over the past five years. Untreated syphilis can lead to permanent vision loss, hearing, and other neurologic problems.
In California, 75,450 gonorrhea cases were reported in 2017, marking it the highest number since 1988.
In 2017 there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, with a total of 278 congenital syphilis cases.More news: Facebook users hit by fresh data scandal
Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.
As a result of the report, CDPH says it will collaborate with local health departments and organizations statewide to raise awareness.
In Washington, federal and state funds provide $3.2 million per year for STD prevention, monitoring and control from 2017 to 2019. Symptoms include abnormal discharge and a burning sensation during urination, though these signs may not appear for weeks. Public health clinics have been forced to close, and less money is allocated towards sexual education programs in high schools and universities. Early detection and treatment can interrupt the steady climb of STD rates.
The health department is spearheading a "multi-pronged" effort to educate the public about the risks and get the word out to medical providers about the latest advances in screening and treatment, Bauer said. Gonorrhea cases saw a 16 percent increase in the same time frame but affected twice as many men than women.More news: Romania booted from Rugby World Cup over ineligible players
"While there are advocates and champions for cancer, nobody is out there saying, 'I have gonorrhea and these are the best ways to treat it.' There's no one out there being a champion for these conditions."
"STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics", said CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith. STDs may also be more prevalent among vulnerable communities with low incomes, drug addiction problems, or mental illness. This represents an average infection rate of 34.3 cases per 100,000 Californians, higher than the national average of 8.7 per 100,000.
When it comes to gonorrhea, Kern is fourth in the state with 2,265 reported cases.More news: Netflix Announce Lost In Space Season Two