Sexually Transmitted Diseases On The Rise In San Diego County
Monday, November 23, 2015
The number of cases of both gonorrhea and syphilis rose 15 percent in the county between 2013 and 2014.
It's a troubling trend both nationally and in San Diego County: sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.
Patrick Loose, chief of the county’s HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Branch, said it can be tough for someone to recognize that they have an STD.
“Certainly people can be infected and not have any symptoms," Loose said. "And sometimes health care providers might not recognize the symptoms, and that’s particularly true for syphilis.”
But left untreated, syphilis and gonorrhea can have serious and permanent health consequences.
Loose recommends that people who are sexually active should get tested for STDs at least once a year.
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