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Rates for STDs in California increase

The rate of sexually transmitted diseases in California increased in 2013, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday. Rates for syphilis went up by 18 percent over a one-year span, the health department reported. Gonorrhea rates also spiked by 13 percent, or about 100 people per 100,000.

“It’s the lack of education in talking about STDs — and going after youth and really talking about the importance of getting tested,” said Enrique Manjarrez, the outreach director for Breaking Barriers, which pushes for HIV testing among the LGBT community.