Syphilis is a common STD that can bring devastating complications - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/10

Syphilis is a common STD that can bring devastating complications

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Syphilis is a fairly common sexually transmitted disease with devastating complications. This is STD Awareness Month and the Lubbock Health Department is trying to get the word out that syphilis can be cured early on with just one to three doses of medicine. Here are symptoms, though that may indicate you have already moved into the second stage of syphilis.

"You get a rash on the bottom of their feet and on the palms of their hands that's got brown circles and they can have alopecia, which means balding spots on their head or they can have a body rash that usually doesn't itch," said Jamie Parker, R.N., the STD Team Leader with the Lubbock Health Department.

Jamie says if you let syphilis go untreated, it may return years later with severe damage to the organs, leading to paralysis, blindness, dementia, even death.

For information on testing, call the Lubbock Health Department at (806) 775-2933 or if you have questions about any STD, Jamie will answer those next Wednesday in our segment Healthwise at Five. Just send them to 11listens@kcbd.com.

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