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