The internet has indeed helped many people find their partners online, but it has also played a significant role in increasing the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases among couples in California in the year 2017, said the health officials on Monday.

As per the report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), over 300,000 cases of gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia have been reported in the year 2017, which is a 45 percent jump in such cases from the data collected five years ago.

The increase in the number of infections is due to several factors such as lack of education, decrease in the usage of condom and les number of STD clinics. However, Dr. James Watt, the chief of communicable disease control division for CDPH said that social media has played a vital role in helping many people discover anonymous or random sex partners.

For the health officials, the increase is more alarming than ever considering the fact that the number of sexually transmitted disease has increased each year for six years.

The report said that people who are under the age of 30 are the ones who suffer with chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Young women suffer the most with chlamydia. The cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea are more common among men.

If chlamydia and gonorrhoea are left untreated then it can result in infertility, chorionic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy. On the other hand, syphilis can lead to neurologic issues, loss of hearing and blindness.

Therefore, in order to educate people and spread awareness about the alarming risks of STD, the health officials are now working with schools, community groups as well as youth organisations across California. The officials also say that getting regular STD testing is significant as many people who get infected have no idea about it.

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