The Real "Sharing" Economy Crisis: California Sees 45% Spike In STDs Over 5 Years

Authored by Audrey Conklin via The Daily Caller,

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases have reached record-high numbers in California, the Los Angeles Times reports, as the 'sharing' economy goes viral.

In 2017, the number of California residents diagnosed with gonorrhea (over 13,000 cases), chlamydia (over 75,000 cases) or syphilis (over 218,000 cases) hit a consecutive three-year record, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The 300,000+ people diagnosed last year represents a 45-percent increase in STD cases since 2013.

Those most commonly affected by chlamydia and gonorrhea are under 30 years old. As The Sacramento Bee reports, “Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases."

"While there are advocates and champions for cancer, nobody is out there saying, 'I have gonorrhea and these are the best ways to treat it.' There's no one out there being a champion for these conditions," said Klausner.

What you need to know about drug-resistant gonorrhea...

Officials are particularly concerned by mothers infected with syphilis, which has led to a significant increase in the number of stillborn babies. Stillbirths have quadrupled since 2013. In 2017, there were 278 stillbirths and 47 babies born with congenital syphilis in LA.

But California isn’t alone; STDs have been on the rise over the past five years across the U.S. As the Times explains, “Experts blame the increases on falling condom use, fewer public health clinics and people having more sexual partners linked to dating apps.”

If left untreated, these STDs can lead to a range of health issues in both adults and babies with infected mothers including infertility, ectopic or premature birth, chronic pain, blindness, hearing loss, meningitis and neurological disorders.

Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been rising nationally for several years. More than two million new cases of all three infections were reported in the United States in 2016 — the most ever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC numbers for 2017 won't be available until later this year.


PeaceForWorld Ahmeexnal Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:17 Permalink

STD's have been around for centuries, before Bernie was running. By the way Bernie won more votes than Hillary all over US. I remember in college we had health class, back then they said one in seven people will be infected by HIV. The statistics show that one in three people has herpes. I have been around long enough to know "Men just don't like using condoms.". Every age and every political affiliation.

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Dickweed Wang Kidbuck Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:08 Permalink

How's this for a great state:

  • Too many people crammed into megacity areas - check
  • Too many foreigners and illegals - check
  • Crazy ass liberal government - check
  • Political correctness to the extreme - check
  • A great chance to get clap - check
  • A great chance to get hepatitis or flesh eating bacteria from literal shit in the streets - check
  • Taxes up the ass - check

Oh yeah, the majority there wants your guns . . . 

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snblitz Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:40 Permalink

Didn't I read an article on ZH the other day stating that Millennials had lost interest in sex?

That article and this article cannot both be right?

Either that or the there is something to be said for dating apps!

Someone is apparently quite busy.