Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in San Diego

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Rise in STD rates in San Diego

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Sexually transmitted diseases have been on an alarming rise across the state for years, and the province of San Diego is no exception. Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are two and three times higher than in 2000. And syphilis has seen an even greater awakening.

As Jake Harper of Inewsource reports, these infections do not affect all populations equally.

If you look at a graph of the most recent STD data in the province of San Diego, you will see that they went down in 2020. There was a new epidemic. People moved away from each other more than usual, so maybe fewer people got infections.

But Dr. Winston Tilgman, who runs the county’s STD prevention program, says those numbers are probably intentional.

TILGHMAN: “I do not think it indicates the long-term trends we can expect,”

Remember, clinics closed or reduced foreign services by 2020, and people did not go to the doctor that much. And doctors may have written prescriptions for sexually transmitted diseases without ordering lab tests, which is how the county monitors sexually transmitted diseases.

TILGHMAN. So I imagine the numbers in 2020 are related to a drop in tests. So that’s probably underestimating STI’s real burden in 2020,

When 2021 data is released, Tillegman expects these numbers to return to pre-COVID levels.

Among these high historical rates of STDs, some people are at higher risk than others. Colorful people. Men who have sex with transgender men and women are more likely to be infected with this infection.

Eric Walsh-Bohi, a researcher at the University of San Diego State, says these gaps are due to social health factors.

WALSH-BUHI: Social health factors are the same things in daily life that help keep you healthy or make you sick … things like poverty and drug addiction, addictions, lack of access to health services, health insurance, as well as things like housing and housing, discrimination,

In light of the rise in STD rates, Walsh-Bohi called for more public health funding.

The San Diego district has seen an increase in funding in recent years, but so far it has not stopped the growth. Meanwhile, these diseases across the country cost billions of dollars a year, while public health funding for sexually transmitted diseases has not changed significantly. Walsh-Bohi says it’s part of the stigma.

Walsh-Bohi: Another thing we need to fight is the stigma of even talking about it and making it a public health priority. “

HIV shows a different trend. In the last two decades, the number of new cases has dropped in San Diego County.

Wagner: However, among some groups, the prevalence is still stable.

Gabriel Wagner is an Infectious Diseases Specialist at UC San Diego Health. As with other sexually transmitted diseases, HIV affects marginalized groups more.

Wagner: The most gay and bisexual gay men and blacks and Latinos. Men too and transgender women.

People in these groups may not have easy access to contraceptive services such as PrEP – a daily drug used to prevent HIV infection. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes.

While HIV is not curable like bacterial venereal diseases, there are medications to prevent the virus. And despite the challenges, Wagner pointed to a success story with one of his patients. He first saw the man in 2018 when he began suffering from HIV complications.

Wagner: A few years ago, someone told him about the diagnosis, but he decided to take it out of his mind and thus waited until the situation deteriorated greatly and he was forced to be hospitalized.

The man spoke only Spanish, Wagner says the language barrier – and the stigma – apparently prevented him from persevering in treatment. But Wagner is Hispanic and speaks Spanish.

Wagner: There was a nice cultural connection that I sometimes take for granted.

He says this connection allowed him to help. The man’s HIV infection is now under control, and he is doing well.

For KPBS, I wrote inewsource, Jake Harper.

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The San Diego Government Association blames defective equipment for a nearly $ 2 million loss in toll revenue last year. Inewsource’s investigative reporter, Jennifer Bauman, has more.

For months, several toll stations on the South Bay Highway were cut off as crews tried to repair aging equipment. This means that SANDAG failed to collect a point-eight million dollars.

Earlier this year CEO Hassan Ihrta said senior executives who no longer work for the agency knew about the problem but did not report it.

“I take full responsibility for any such fucking.”

SANDAG is now following up on daily reports and will soon be replacing toll equipment. For KPBS, I wrote a researcher, Jennifer Bauman.

ANCHOR Tag: inewsource is a non-profit partner funded by KPBS.


The latest job numbers in California show that unemployment fell in March. It dropped to 4 points -9 percent. Debbie Cruz of kpbs has more.

New figures released on Friday show that the number of unemployed in the country’s most populous country has dropped below one million, for the first time since the onset of the plague. Employers in California added 60,000-200 jobs in March … Despite strong growth in labor, experts say labor shortages are making it harder for businesses to keep up with strong consumer demand. The California workforce is made up of people who have a job or are looking for work. The workforce has grown in the last year. But it is still almost 400 thousand people less than it was before the plague. Debbie Cruz, kpbs news.


The country’s largest virtual employment fair this year takes place this coming Thursday. It is funded by a local university that offers more than just interviews.

KPBS Education Reporter MG Perez has more.

Alliant International University has recruited recruiters from sixty K-12 school districts across the country. The 6th annual California Job and Career Fair includes opportunities for teachers and psychologists, counselors and school principals.

There will also be resources that explain the recent changes in certification requirements.

Dr. Tatiana Ree-de-Nie-ree is at the Alliance School of Education.

“It’s not a job, it’s a profession … you not only leave papers on a table at 3:30 … you take it home with you. They see the best way to ensure the company succeeds. You need to make sure you take care of the next generation. To come. “

The online employment fair takes place on Thursday afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m. For more information go to ALLIANT-dot-EDU. MGP KPBS News.


As the job market heats up, the Navy offers big bonuses and new Lites.

KPBS military correspondent Steve Walsh has the story.

Starting this month, the Navy will offer a $ 25,000 signing bonus for any potential sailor who agrees to send to a boot camp by the end of June, says Commander David Yun. With the Navy recruiting the Southwest.

“Unemployment is reduced and there is competition to try to get talent at the front door, whether you are Walmart, UPS, Amazon, any number of other companies as well as small businesses.”

The Navy continued to meet its recruitment targets even during the plague. But because companies are offering higher starting salaries and better benefits, the Navy is lagging behind. Some bonuses popped up. The sea airport offers up to $ 175,000 to accommodate some pilots. Steve Walsh KPBS News


Soon …. more people want electric cars now, but is there enough supply in the country to meet the growing demand?

“So, we really do not have vehicles on the pitch when it comes to electricity, because they actually buy them even before they get here.”

Shortage of electric cars. We will have this story, and more, afterwards, only after the break.

Federal climate researchers claim that last month was the warmest fifth in March recorded. They say cooler ocean conditions have helped keep global temperatures from breaking records.

KPBS environmental correspondent Eric Anderson has more.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that an ongoing Nina state in the central Pacific Ocean moderates the average temperature of March. But the temperature has remained above average and officials predict that the average temperature for the year is still expected to be among the ten warmest. NOAA’s climate, Ahira Sanchez-Logo, says that ocean temperatures in the Pacific have a global impact.

“Compared to another year that El Nino has, the temperatures over the years of Nina tend to be a little cooler. So that’s what we’re seeing now.”

Federal officials say last month was the 46th consecutive step with a global temperature above the average of the last century.

Eric Anderson KPBS News


If you are looking for a new electric vehicle in California right now, you are definitely not alone. With rising fuel prices to record levels and following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many potential car buyers argue that an electric vehicle is the way to go.

But are there enough electric vehicles in California car dealerships?

From KCRW, ROBIN ESTRIN has more.

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The San Diego Comic Fest presents itself as a “friendly and intimate comic book conference experience.” And this year he can also boast that he is returning in person starting April 21st.

KPBS’s art reporter Beth Accomando has this preview.

The last San Diego Comics Festival was in March 2020 just days before the plague closed it all. The holiday is now back for a personal appearance and will celebrate the late 100th birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry. The holiday also has a new president at Alonso Nunez’s Little Fish Comic Book Studio. He sees Comic Fest as a low complement to Comic-Con’s mega culture of pop culture.

ALONSO NUNEZ: I love Comic-Con, but for us, it’s really an opportunity to humanize the medium, to get these personal stories from these creators, old and new, veteran creators, emerging creators, local creators who are here in San Diego.

The San Diego Comic Fest takes place next Thursday through Sunday at the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive. Tickets can be purchased in advance or even at the door.

Beth Commando, KPBS News.

This is the podcast today. As always you can find more San Diego news online at KPBS dot org. I’m Anka Colbert. Thanks for listening and have a good day.

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