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    Rise in STDs across Southern California has officials on alert

    Rise in STDs across Southern California has officials on alert


    In 2015, total combined cases of the three sexually transmitted diseases syphilis, gonorrhea
    and chlamydia reached an all-time high in Southern California, according to a late 2016 report
    by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. File photo by David McNew, Getty Images

    02/01/17, 9:33 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

    Public health officials throughout Southern California are grappling with alarming increases in syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia that are part of a national epidemic.

    In 2015, total combined cases of the three sexually transmitted diseases reached an all-time high, according to a late-2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report noted that earlier in the 2000s, gonorrhea rates were at historic lows and syphilis was close to elimination, but now the STDs pose “a substantial health challenge.”

    The reasons are complex but include medical and social factors ranging from a lack of adequate screening to decreased fear of curable STDs.

    “No one really knows the definitive cause of all this,” said Dr. Christopher Ried, medical director of STD/HIV Health Care Agency in Orange County, which has seen the biggest increases.

    “No one can pin it on one or two things.”

    The county reports a 412 percent increase in syphilis cases from 2011 to 2016, a 204 percent increase in gonorrhea and a 59 percent rise in chlamydia,

    In Los Angeles County, reported cases of gonorrhea were up 75 percent from 2011 to 2015. Syphilis cases jumped 80 percent, and chlamydia increased 14 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health.

    Riverside and San Bernardino counties have also reported significant increases.

    The CDC says that with most STD cases going undiagnosed and untreated, people are at “risk for severe and often irreversible health consequences,” including infertility, chronic pain and increased transmission of HIV.

    In California, the highest STD rates are found among young people, African-Americans, and gay and bisexual men, according to the state.

    Dr. Jennefer Russo, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties, said that each year the group performs more than 170,000 STD tests. She said that when seeing patients, clinic staff tailor their messages to individuals.

    “Just saying, ‘You should use a condom,’ is not as effective as saying, ‘How often are you using a condom?’ and if it’s not all the time, asking, ‘What gets in the way of that?’ ” she said.

    Community groups have developed strategies to target at-risk populations.

    In Los Angeles, LA Condom distributes more than 2 million free condoms each year at 500 locations including tattoo parlors, gyms and restaurants.

    In San Bernardino County, Planned Parenthood runs two programs with outreach not only to schools but to group homes and foster care agencies, said Amy Streavel, director of community education and outreach.

    “A lot of the time, they don’t know that being under 18 they have access to reproductive health services,” Streavel said.

    In Santa Ana, the nonprofit Orange County Bar Foundation offers comprehensive sex education to middle and high school students through the after-school Cuídate program. Nazly Restrepo, director of the program, said teens learn how to use condoms and skills such as refusing sexual contact.

    “I really think a lot of it is lack of knowledge,” Restrepo said. “If they’re not getting it at school or at home, where are they going to get this information?”

    Restrepo said research from the national Cuídate program shows that teens who participate delay the onset of sexual activity, which is contrary to fears that teaching youth about sex amounts to giving them permission.

    “The brain isn’t developed just yet. That’s why kids just do things and don’t think,” she said. “It’s just a risky age, period. It helps them stop and think, and that’s really critical.”

    Ried said on the medical side, factors contributing to the rise in STDs include lack of testing and diagnosis in asymptomatic patients. He said high-risk gay and bisexual men should be screened every three months. Relying only on urine screenings, without culture swabs, will miss large numbers of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections of the throat and rectum.

    For syphilis, cases among pregnant women are of urgent concern because the disease can be fatal to their babies. Last year, 15 infants were born with congenital syphilis in Orange County, Reid said.

    “It really looks like it’s all about prenatal care,” he said, regarding prevention.

    Some local agencies will participate this year in a study that could boost the number of screenings by eventually allowing patients to swab their own genitals and avoid appointment wait times.

    “Studies have shown when patients collect their own swabs, they do just as good a job as doctors,” he said.

    He said most doctors are not using a state law that allows them to prescribe extra medication that a patient can give to his or her sexual partners who may be unwilling to come in for an appointment.

    “It works really well to decrease the recurrence rate,” Ried said. “It’s very underutilized.”

    Among social factors, Ried said the fear of unprotected sex or multiple partners during the 1980s and 1990s was driven by seeing people dying of AIDS. But now advances in treatment can control HIV.

    “No one sees these sick people and worries about it,” he said. “I think there’s a lot more cavalier behavior when it comes to sex. There’s definitely a lack of worry out there, which contributes to more STDs.”

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    The refugees in Europe and the ones Obama has flooded every State in this country with are riddled with STDs, TB, respiratory diseases, hepatitis, many diseases that are going to have a direct impact in our schools and neighborhoods.

    They need to be sent back. I do not want to pay for their medical care...we cannot afford our own. We have our own homeless, Veterans and Seniors to take care of.

    I would be very concerned sending my child to school where these refugees have taken over. This needs to stop!
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