Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Three common STDs- chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have reached a new, all-time high in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. San Bernardino County is no exception.  In 2018, there were 13,379 reported cases of chlamydia, 3,904 gonorrhea cases, and 1,536 total syphilis cases.   

Among 2018 total STD cases, as many as 12% of females were reported pregnant. One of the most common STD that is incredibly harmful to infants and preventable is congenital syphilis. In San Bernardino County congenital syphilis has increased a staggering 675% since 2014. In 2018 alone, there were 31 cases of congenital syphilis reported. San Bernardino County is dedicated to reducing the number of babies born with syphilis by increasing provider awareness of congenital syphilis and rising rates of syphilis in women. The Syphilis in Women Action Toolkit includes clinical resources for healthcare providers and educational materials for their patients.  

All STDs can have serious complications including chronic illness, infertility, hospitalization, and death. San Bernardino County aims to prevent these complications by educating County residents and targeting impacted groups, including racial and ethnic minority populations, adolescent and young adults, females of childbearing age, and gay and bisexual men. 

By partnering with schools, medical providers, and other community organizations, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health works to ensure access to screening, treatment, education, and medical provider training in an effort to reduce STD infections. 

 

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