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STDs reach record-high in California; Kern County ranked near top for rates of multiple diseases

Posted at 4:12 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 19:15:39-04

A record number of STDs were reported in California in 2017, according to a new report from the California Department of Public Health.

More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported in the state, and that's a 45% increase compared to five years ago. There were also 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis reported in California in 2017, the highest number reported since 1995.

In Kern County, 2017 STD rates are up from 2016 rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, early syphilis and congenital syphilis.

The following are Kern County's rankings for STD rates in the state:

Chlamydia: #3

Gonorrhea: #4

Primary and Secondary Syphilis: #3

Primary and Secondary Syphilis for females ages 15-44: #6

Total Early Syphilis: #4

Total Early Syphilis for females ages 15-44: #4

Congenital Syphilis by year of birth: #2

You can view the full breakdown of the numbers here.