According to the Associated Press, the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year. As you might guess, millennial are being hit the hardest.
The shocking numbers have officials worried. State health officials say there has been a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis.
The California Department of Public Health says more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five years ago.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.
This is all bad stuff. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can result in blindness, hearing loss and neurologic problems.