Experts Point To Decrease In Condom Use, Increase In Sexual Partners For Spiking STD Rates
One of doctors' main concerns with the public health threat is an increase in congenital syphilis cases, which is when the disease is passed from mother to child in the womb.
Officials Say Rising Rates Are Due To Decreased Condom Use, Funding Cuts, Greater Number Of Sexual Partners
A record number of California residents were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases in 2017. Recently released data from the California Department of Public Health show a 45 percent increase in cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia in the state compared with rates five years prior. STD rates have continued to rise in Sacramento County, as well as both state and nationwide over the last several years. (Holzer, 7/2)
In other public health news —
Smoke Advisory In Effect For The Bay Area
Bay Area air quality officials have issued a smoke advisory for Sunday across the Bay Area, due to smoke and ash from the County Fire in Yolo County. If you stepped outside today to see your car covered in ash or smelled smoke, that's a sign you should try to stay indoors and close your windows. (Hutson, 7/1)