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STD rates jump in California in 2013, though chlamydia cases decline
STD rates jump in California in 2013, though chlamydia cases decline

The numbers of newly reported gonorrhea and syphilis cases jumped again in California in 2013, although the chlamydia rate edged down for the first time in almost two decades, the state Department of Public Health said this week. Last year, rates of newly reported gonorrhea cases rose nearly 13%, and primary and secondary syphilis — the most infectious stages of the disease — jumped nearly 18% compared with 2012 levels, according to data released by the department Tuesday. Other types of syphilis also rose. “This increase is concerning, particularly because STDs are preventable,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the department, said in a statement. The chlamydia rate, meanwhile, sank...

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