HEALTH ALERT: Lubbock Health Department Warns Syphilis on the Rise - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/14/07

HEALTH ALERT: Lubbock Health Department Warns Syphilis on the Rise

According to the Lubbock Health Department, two cases of primary Syphilis have been reported since mid-July. This brings the total cases in Lubbock County to eight, this year. Health experts expect up to two cases of primary syphilis per year in the county. 

Seven of the early cases have occurred in men who have had sex with other men between the ages of 19 and 24, and also report female partners as well.

One of the primary cases was linked to four new HIV infections since January. 

The health department also notes that there have been 11 new HIV cases since January. The majority of those cases have also occurred in men who have sex with men between the ages of 19 and 24, as well as females. 

Coming up tonight on NewsChannel 11 at Ten, we'll explain the symptoms and what you can do to protect yourself.

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