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6/22/08

Lubbock Health Department Offers Free Syphilis Testing

The City of Lubbock Health Department 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 Nancy Haney, 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 any of the special clinics and feel the need to be tested call the City of Lubbock Health Department's Sexually Transmitted Disease clinic at 806-775-2933.

The Health Department will hold FREE syphilis testing at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at Hollins Park, 1st Street and Vernon Avenue from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at Ratliff Park, 50th and Chicago Avenue from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Tuesday June 25, 2008 at Kastman Park, Joliet and Loop 289 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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