California STD Cases Hit All Time High, Syphilis-Related Stillbirths Highest In Two Decades

california stillbirths are up from syphilis

California is in the midst of a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) epidemic, and it’s so bad that the number of stillbirths due to syphilis has reached a 20-year high, U.S. News & World Report is reporting.

The Golden State has seen a nearly 45 percent increase in three of the most serious STDs — syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea — since five years ago: 300,000 such cases in 2017. Young women have the highest rates of chlamydia, while men have the highest rates of syphilis and gonorrhea.

The good news is that all three of these once-lethal infections can be easily treated, and even cured, with antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, for reasons that will be discussed in a few paragraphs, people contracting these infections aren’t getting the right treatment soon enough. Left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy, while syphilis can lead to blindness or even be fatal.

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