STD Rates in California Reach Record High

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For the second year in a row, rates of sexually transmitted diseases have hit a record high in California. In a new report, the California Department of Public Health found that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis "significantly increased" in 2016, with young people, African-Americans and men who have sex with men having the highest rates. San Francisco recorded the biggest increases in infection rates statewide. We discuss the causes and health impacts of rising STD rates.

Heidi Bauer
, chief of the STD Control Branch, California Department of Public Health
Jeffrey Klausner, professor of medicine and public health, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; former director of STD Prevention and Control Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health