San Diego Union-Tribune (11.26.2013)
An article in the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that San Diego County had an increase in the number of chlamydia cases in 2012, particularly in young women. The county’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Department also reported a 5.7 percent decrease in the number of syphilis cases in 2012. The county’s HHS comprehensive report provided countywide data on STDs. The report showed that the rate of chlamydia cases was slightly fewer than 600 cases per 100,000 people, which was higher than the California Department of Public Health’s reported state rate of 448.9 cases per 100,000.
San Diego County had 16,545 chlamydia cases in 2012, an increase from 15,448 in 2011; women accounted for twice as many of these reported cases than men. In 2002, the county reported 10,225 chlamydia cases. The State Department of Public Health recorded a total of 169,795 cases. The majority of reported cases in San Diego County affected those between the ages of 20–24 of both sexes. In 2012, 4,928 women and 1,994 men in that age group had chlamydia.
San Diego County’s gonorrhea cases also have increased, from 1,258 in 2012 to 1,443 so far in 2013, according to an October report by the county’s HHS. Women also account for the majority of these cases. In 2012, the rate was 111.7 female gonorrhea cases per 100,000, compared to 53.1 for men. However, the syphilis rate was higher in men than in women. In 2012, the recorded rate was 20.1 cases of primary and secondary syphilis per 100,000 men, compared to 0.8 cases per 100,000 women.