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Why STDs Are Soaring In California

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Rates of some sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) dropped sharply during the years when concerns about HIV and AIDS peaked.  People used condoms and other prevention methods. 

Then science discovered how to better treat HIV — it is no longer a death sentence — and concerns abated. 

So it should surprise no one that rates of some STDs hit an all-time high in California last year.  That's a major concern for the state Department of Public Health.  Dr. Heidi Brauer is the chief of the STD Control Branch; she joins us for a discussion of issues and approaches.   
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.