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Syphilis on the rise in Sacramento County

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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 10:26 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Fri Mar 23, 2012.

This probably isn't the post you want to read while enjoying a hot cup of coffee, but parents and students should both know the sexually transmitted disease of syphilis is on the rise in Sacramento County.

Since last year, the rate has more than doubled, from 52 to 106 cases, according to state health records.

Another report found that while the area's rate of teen pregnancy has dropped, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases are going up for young women. Health officials determined this likely means they're using hormonal contraceptives but not condoms.

More than four of every 100 women in Sacramento County between the ages 15 and 24 were diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea in 2010, according to data from the California Department Public Health released last November.

In 2010, the health department reported that physicians diagnosed just over one of every 100 young men in Sacramento County between the ages 15 and 24 with chlamydia. That's the fourth-highest rate in the state.

Read more here.

So what be done about about these staggering statistics?

For starters, visit the Centers for Disease Control for a primer on how to prevent these diseases. And, as awkward as it might be, if you're a parent, talk to your kids.

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