WEATHER »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Increase in Santa Barbara County


The rate of sexually transmitted diseases continued to climb in Santa Barbara County between 2016 and 2017, a new compilation from the state Department of Public Health reveals. The cases of nearly all tracked infections rose markedly — chlamydia (from 2,306 in 2016 to 2,458 in 2017), gonorrhea (323 to 377), primary and secondary syphilis (26 to 36), and total early syphilis (53 to 74) — reflecting statewide increases. However, the incidences of syphilis in women ages 15-44 decreased in the county, as did the number of infants born with congenital syphilis. In the state, both markers rose by 2-3 percent.

DOCUMENT

Chlamydia, Cases and Incidence Rates

California Counties and Selected City Health Jurisdictions, 2013–2017 Provisional Data as reported through 3/27/2018

Download .PDF

Source: California Department of Public Health, STD Control Branch

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Senior Fair Hosts the ‘Young at Heart’

The Senior Fair brought together more than 25 organizations to match needs with services.

City College Ranked #1 by Value Colleges

High graduation rate, community service, and online degree programs made SBCC a 'flawless investment.'

News Commentary: Ribbon Cutting Is Not As Easy As It Looks

Grand opening for new Eastside bridge conveys a tingle of progress.

Santa Barbara Rental Prices Have Skyrocketed Over the Last Five Years

The average rent for a South Coast studio is $1,553.

Trio Stops the Show at Board of Education

More than a dozen appeal to Santa Barbara Unified School District to maintain music classes and programs.