STD Rates in San Francisco Continue to Climb
According to preliminary data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health released last week, the number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis all increased last year compared to the number of cases reported in 2009.
Overall reports of chlamydia increased by 10%, while male rectal chlamydia increased by 23.4%. Reported gonorrhea cases increased 9.8% and rectal gonorrhea among men also increased 6.3%. After recent declines seen in 2008, early syphilis cases sharply increased by 27.4%. The total number of all syphilis cases last year was 764 compared to 632 in 2009.
The Department of Public Health's efforts to increase prevention efforts are expected to be hampered by California's current budget crisis.
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