public health

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in California spiked to an all-time high last year. The most affected groups are young women and men who have sex with men (MSM).



According to health officials, more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in California in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five yeas ago.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases, the Washington Post reports.

Health officials report 30 stillbirths from congenital syphilis statewide. Los Angeles County alone saw a dramatic increase in congenital syphilis cases.

“For California to have a steady increase in congenital syphilis is shameful,” said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

“We’ve known how to control syphilis since early 1900s,” Klausner said. “Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net.”

Klausner blamed lack of state and federal funding for public health programs and counties that are struggling with poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.

It doesn’t help that California is a Sanctuary state, where public health funding is already stretched thin.

In 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill which reduces penalties for intentionally exposing a sexual partner to HIV.

The bill reduces the punishment from a felony to a misdemeanor for knowingly infecting others with HIV.

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  • CookieMobster

    This is just gross. I would NEVER let anyone hit this w/out protection, when I was single. That was only reserved for my husband.

  • Bossy704

    Syphilis has been the STD I was most afraid of because I am allergic to Penicillin. I would go blind, crazy and die.

  • Neva RuthLess

    I believe that doxycycline can treat syphillis if you are allergic to penicillin. At the end of the day the only thing that will protect everyone is monogamy. Men and women should date to find a life partner husband wife whatever and only sleep with that one person. Especially us as black people. Monogamy will eliminate disease and lead to stable homes. Embrace monogamy and practice self love and self discipline.

  • Trace da Ace

    WOW!! If this does not encourage folks to bag it up…I dont know what will….would rather it not “feel as good” instead of catching some nasty shit and your cooch falls off……jus saying….

  • Neva RuthLess

    Yes all women should embrace this as LAW. Until we are legally married the condom stays on. Married men and women can be so trifling maybe condoms should be permanent until both parties are ready to conceive. I think scientists predicted that stds will be so out of control in 20 years that unprotected sex will not be an option. Please be responsible everyone.

  • Kayke

    They must be trying to break all the heebie jeebie records because they’re about to be at a all time high for Aids too, when its a slap on the wrist for purposely handing it out. Y’all have some loose booty citizens, has nothing to do with funding. Condoms are cheap.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Nobody thinks an STD is going to happen to them, until it does. It’s like playing Russian Roulette.. you might click the trigger 1,2,3,4 times and have no problems. But keep pulling that trigger and eventually your luck runs out.

  • king shun

    woman cant really make a man wear a condom in he dont want too

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    These kids now a days be out here fuggin like their lives depended on it. SMH! Sex without protection is just like Russian Roulette. Keep playing wit it if you want too. It aint safe.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Seeing it come back like this is a sign of failure of the public health safety net.”
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    That, coupled with the fact that people out there are just nasty as they wanna be.

  • Roxie Moxie

    If that is the case, then he doesn’t get any p*ssy. No we can’t “make” them do anything, but I can make my legs close and he can get that Kleenex and Jergens poppin’.

  • Roxie Moxie

    “Y’all have some loose booty citizens, has nothing to do with funding”
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    LMMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!! Right!

  • Roxie Moxie

    “The bill reduces the punishment from a felony to a misdemeanor for knowingly infecting others with HIV”
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    So, will (or could) the penalty change if/when that person dies of HIV/AIDS? I mean, a misdemeanor is kinda lightweight; do they circle back if the person dies of said HIV and convict them of murder, then?

  • king shun

    he can slide it off with out her knowing happens all the time

  • king shun

    well not really its mostly the gays that get the AIDS mostly every thing else can be taken care of..well the women who lay up or get tricked by the gays need to be on alert also

  • Trace da Ace

    exactly…..aint no piece of ass worth your life, or your health….I never understood why folks take a risk like that….cause some STD’s you can’t get rid of, so now you have this for life and all over what???

  • Roxie Moxie

    Oh yeah, I’m sure it does. Never happened to me though. I don’t understand why men would want to do that anyway when there is a possibility of pregnancy. And you know how some men like to be ghost when that happens. If I were a man, I’d be strappin’ my sh*t up cuz these hoes nasty asf.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Girl, if I was single, I’d be stocking up on batteries. *shrugs* You know what I mean…..LOL

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It’s crazy out there. My wife has at least 3 homegirls that I know of who have an incurable STD, and it makes dating really hard for them. Usually once the dude hears the “H” word, it gets real awkward… and pretty soon they stop calling/texting, and then just quietly drop out of sight.

  • sunni_daze

    The new trend with these kids and adults is RAW. They don’t think they can catch nothing

  • tia

    My gynecologist advised me with the increase in online dating, STD’s are at an all time high and are very rampant. It’s almost like a deadly game of Russian Roulette with your body.

  • king shun

    its feels better off from what i have heard

  • Kayke

    Yeah she can by refusing to do it any other way. His choices are condom or PALMela.

  • Kayke

    I honestly don’t understand that….in my experience they are two distinct feelings….skin vs latex.

  • iWasteTime

    Sounds like natural selection to me …

  • king shun

    thats for u other chick might cannot tell

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    There are some ultra-thin condoms out there that feel way more natural than the regular latex ones. If the man slips it off, a lot of women won’t feel/notice the difference. It’s sad that a dude would even do something shady like that though.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Yeah, of course it does! That’s obvious. So, for the direct feeling of walls, you willing to risk your life? Doesn’t sound like a fair deal to me at all.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Bag it up…shiiiitttt I don’t want those balls to touch my azz at all!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Two for me…and I saw this young man with this strong back and forearms with all teeth ….pretty teeth! I almost raped him in broad daylight but my spiders held me back.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Dating with a purpose!!!

  • Dun Dilly

    CDC also says that ATLANTA aka WHACKanda has a higher HIV rate in Blk gay and Bi dudes than some THIRD WORLD countries… so sleeping w anybody in ATL especially women who are unknowingly w DOWN LOW nikkas is SUICIDE.#NASTYasses

  • Vegas1989

    Amen on that. I’ve been with my husband (recently married 6 months ago) for 10 years. And I told him on year 9 we either break up or get married. I’m content with who I am and really don’t need you but I love you and I’m good…..I know that I don’t have No STD”s and not even thinking about dating or finding any one……LOL…He put a ring on it…

  • king shun

    well a man who is hetro not really risking his life its the gays that catching and giving aids why you think they folks who got aids is black woman and gay black men but heterosexual men black aids is no where near as high..see the black gays giving it to the black women out of spite

  • Sushi

    Now that I believe….

  • Sushi

    I am so sorry and I was going to let your ignant comment go, but you are so miss informed, please stop lying to these people you have been watching too many Tyler Perry movies.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Absolutely. These men in Cali will sleep with anything.

  • king shun

    no i have been researching CDC data tyler perry is an idol to you not me

  • Sushi

    I don’t support nor watch his movies……. Maybe the stats are correct but for your dumb ass statment that only gay people spread it, is idotic…….

  • oshh16

    Abstinence looks better and better all the time til and if you find a faithful loving spouse. Too much dippin, dabbin, switch hittin, for everybody people out here.

  • Rico768

    I am a professional ,
    all pregnant mothers who adhere to their prenatal care receive annual screenings for STDs. (like HIV birth is 100 percent preventable if the mother adheres to treatment while pregnant and sees the doctor early) Similarly regarding the still born death either the mother did not complete treatment or the health professionals failed to conduct screenings.
    Also the other items have been an epidemic for a few years with the most impacted being black and Latin men and women under 30

  • king shun

    its scientifically true ..dont get scared now people warned you about that subculture but it seems like you got deep into it

  • Sushi

    Boy BYE you are a disease I am not scared, I have been with the same man for 20 years, and we are cleaner than the Board of Health….. You are a WHITE TROLL TRYING TO BE SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT YOU ARE THE SAME PU**y that got scared and blocked someone the other day you scared punk stfu…….What real man blocks someone on line….
    And yes I am from the A I know a Mark when I come across one, you aint about shit, you do all this fucking typing but go straight to the cops once you write a check your ass can’t cash……..

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    But, knowing passing HIV is no longer a Felony.
    Keep playing.

  • Guest©

    Dang but I hope the dudes get tested because so many ppl have herpes that don’t even know it. They might actually have it themselves.

  • Phillybruh

    Married and still use them, odd being a product of the 90’s and saw how aids ravaged the gay community it was just ingrained in me and the partner, we just use them.

  • kekeb

    Ugh oh!!! Everybody please wear condoms or keep your legs (and mouth) CLOSED!!!

  • kekeb

    I worked at the health department. Honestly, a lot of STD/STI are transmitted when people are in “monogamous” relationships. A lot of people get STD/STIs from their baby daddy/boyfriend/husband. The CDC supports that cla as well.
    It sounds crazy to tell people, wear a condom with your husband (or boyfriend bof 5 years). But basically, that’s what people need to do. Not everyone gets STD/STIs from “hoe-ing’?

  • kekeb

    Now I agree bwith that. Social media lusting got the clinics on full blaze???

  • kekeb

    You’re more afraid of Syphilis than HIV????

  • kekeb

    You NEVER had unprotected sex not even when you were dating your now husband? If so, that is commendable!!! But very unlikely for the masses. More people SHOULD follow that, but it’s not practical

  • Rico768

    We cant motivate people to consistently practice safe sex. We cant get people to seek treatment early or adhere to medications. We cannot get people who have been treated and cured to stay cured as they return infected again or co infected
    Prep has the kids thinkn raw is law. The kids do not understand want undetacble means. We cant get infected people to be honest and the kids abusing drugs and alcohol.
    But mostly we have old gay men attempting to water down dangers so they can prey on the young guys. They lie to the kids.
    Jerry Brown needs his ass beat for reducing sentencing for those infecting others. Im gay but the overall gay agenda is hurting the kids

  • Indies beauty

    Dr Klausner went in. Lol

  • Reenaface

    Sounds like a smart idea in theory, but becomes an uphill battle given that so many people are influenced by reckless lifestyles promoted in the media.

  • king shun

    hell yeh i blocked that spawn of a single parent them guys have nothing to lose and will kill over a chicken wing and he just hungry for a man because one was never in his life…and i block plenty of folks… not go change your diaper because if you been getting spilt for 20 years i know you need one

  • Sushi

    Again WHITE BOY you are a pu**y a** WHITE BOY trying to act BLACk. SIT DOWN AND EAT AN APPLE…….

  • Sushi

    WHO BLOCKS someone…..HA>HA>HA>HA>HA

  • Shawty

    Are they trying to say with ALL the awareness out here that folks are STILL having unprotected sex? That’s just suicide! We ALL know better and should do better.

  • Shawty

    That’s crazy!!!

  • king shun

    change you diaper this morning?

  • Sushi

    DID you change your PAD………?

  • king shun

    you ruptured like don lemon

  • Sushi

    WHITE boy I am still as tight and not ruptured, you are dumb and act like you know, but again you aint shit never been shit nor never will be shit……