STD Epidemic At Its Greatest
California is reaching record-breaking numbers due to the cases of STDs increasing rapidly and with the highest number of stillbirths caused by syphilis in over 20 years. There were over 300,000 recorded cases in 2017 of the bacterial STDs Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and early Syphilis alone. Most people infected with an STD don’t even show any concerning symptoms. In fact, most people don’t even know that they had unprotected sex with an infected person and now they have the disease too. STDs are sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore, most are transmitted through an exchange of bodily fluids or during unprotected sex with an infected person, but others, such as pubic lice and scabies, can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Although STDs may affect you, it could affect your children more than you would ever imagine.
There were 30 stillbirths caused by syphilis in 2017, which is the highest number since 1995. Many other children of STD positive parents have severe neurological problems, deformities, blindness, and other serious health issues. The record-breaking increase of STD cases compared to 5 years ago is 45%. However, according to Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Smith, “STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics.” But, the main reason people are left untreated is that most people don’t even know they are