The Inland Empire is home to more night clubs (nightclubs) than you may think!
That stymies public health workers trying to stop diseases like syphilis from spreading, because it’s nearly impossible to track down partners.
Gonorrhea, known as “the clap,” and syphilis can be cured if diagnosed.
Syphilis can cause blindness, dementia and death in later stages if untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
In Riverside County, from 2010 to 2014, syphilis cases rose by 50 percent, while gonorrhea cases rose 121 percent.
Inland venereal increases far surpassed state hikes during the same period, when California syphilis cases rose 84 percent and 68 percent more gonorrhea cases were reported, according to county data.