City of Lubbock Offers Free Syphilis Testing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/08

City of Lubbock Offers Free Syphilis Testing

The City of Lubbock Health Department is offering FREE syphilis testing from 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at Chatman Park located at East 29th Street and Juniper Avenue.  This will be the first of four outreach clinics that will be offered by the City of Lubbock. 

The testing is being provided as a continued effort to screen persons who are concerned with the recent syphilis outbreak. Since March 1, health officials have diagnosed 13 syphilis cases in Lubbock County, and identified and treated 32 others who were exposed to the disease. 

"You may be infected with syphilis and have no symptoms," stated Tommy Camden, Health Director for the City of Lubbock. "A blood test is the only way to find out if you are infected."

Syphilis is a dangerous but curable disease. If not treated, it can be fatal.

Symptoms of Syphilis include, but are not limited to: chancres (painless sore or sores in mouth or on genitalia), a rash (bumps) on palms or bottoms of feet, body rash (dry or moist), patches of mucous in mouth, hair loss, or moist warts in pubic or genital area. Although symptoms disappear spontaneously without treatment, the person is still infected and the disease may spread to other organs in the body. 

Treatment for syphilis is unlike any other sexually transmitted disease and requires specific injectable medication.

If you are unable to attend this special clinic and feel the need to be tested call the City of Lubbock Health Department's Sexually Transmitted Disease clinic at (806) 775-2933.

HealthWise Health Center
Take a tour of health news and developments for the entire family in our special HealthWise section: Health Centers.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Trump faces new controversies as trip winds down

    Trump faces new controversies as trip winds down

    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:55:57 GMT
    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:55:57 GMT

    President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

    President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

  • Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

    Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:55:44 GMT
    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:55:44 GMT

    A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

    A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt attack

    Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt attack

    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:55:04 GMT
    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-27 15:55:04 GMT

    Egyptian authorities say the death toll in the ambush attack on a bus transporting Christians to a monastery south of Cairo has risen to 29.

    Egyptian authorities say the death toll in the ambush attack on a bus transporting Christians to a monastery south of Cairo has risen to 29.

Powered by Frankly