Report: Chlamydia cases fall in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - Health officials released mixed numbers Monday regarding sexually transmitted diseases in San Diego County.

The number of reported chlamydia cases fell four percent last year, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, from 16,538 in 2012 to 16,042 in 2013.

Gonorrhea cases rose by 10 percent, from 2,597 cases in 2012 to 2,865 last year. The number of chlamydia cases fell from 16,538 in 2012, to 16,042 in 2013.

Chlamydia, the most commonly reported STD in both San Diego and California, is most prevalent among women ages 15 to 24, the HHSA said.

“A decline in chlamydia cases was reported for the first time in several years, and that is good news for San Diego County,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, a county public health officer. “However, this is just a one-year drop. Sexually active individuals should continue to take precautionary measures to avoid getting infected with chlamydia and other STDs, especially since gonorrhea and syphilis cases went up.”

Men accounted for more than two-thirds of all gonorrhea cases. African-Americans had the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis, the report found.

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