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.