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Public health expert looks at why California is at 20 year high for STI cases




Tyshuanna Johnson get her blood drawn for HIV/AIDS and STD testing by Ernest Johnson of John Wesley Community Health Institute during a health fair in Los Angeles, California.
Tyshuanna Johnson get her blood drawn for HIV/AIDS and STD testing by Ernest Johnson of John Wesley Community Health Institute during a health fair in Los Angeles, California.
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Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise across the country and here in California. Nationally, gonorrhea is up 13% year-to-year.

Chlamydia up six-percent. But the biggest increase is in syphilis. It's up 19%, to a level we haven't seen in 20 years. Here in California, gonorrhea cases have doubled in five years.

Why the increase? Is it simply the result of the Affordable Care Act and more people going to doctors than in the past? Could it be more people avoiding use of condoms, given HIV's ability to be managed as a chronic condition? Larry talks with a medical expert about what might explain some of the alarming numbers.

Guest:

Richard Seidman, M.D., chief medical officer for Northeast Valley Health Corporation