Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among African-Americans were almost five times higher than caucasians, CDPH found. African-Americans reported more than twice the rate for early syphilis than caucasians.
She estimated that about $20 million in state and federal money is allocated yearly to fighting STDs - a small number in a state with almost 40 million residents.
The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide - the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said.
Adding to the problem, says Dr. Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, is the fact that many Californians have been steered away from getting their health treatment at public clinics, and into private practice via the Affordable Care Act. She also cited the importance of regular testing and treatment for people who are sexually active, even for those who do not have symptoms. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".
California has reached an all-time high in sexually transmitted diseases.
Here's what you should know about this record-breaking number. The 75,450 cases of gonorrhea reported past year was the highest number since 1988. More than half were reported among individuals under 25.
The 218,710 cases of chlamydia reported in 2017 was the highest number since records were first kept on the disease in 1990. Rates among boys and men were twice as high than among girls and women.
Female cases of syphilis increased early 7-fold from less than 250 early-cases reported in 2012. In 2017, Kern County had 59 cases, down from 75 in 2016.
"For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis is shameful", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, told the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, California health authorities are doing just about all they can do, with limited resources, to combat the problem.