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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:36 AM

Metro Health: Syphilis epidemic in San Antonio

According to the San Antonio Metro Health District, San Antonio is in the midst of a syphilis epidemic.

From 2011 to 2012, the number of cases of syphilis in adults went up 80 percent.

And with 500 cases accounted for last year, San Antonio has the highest rates in Texas, over Houston and Dallas.

"Every city has sexually transmitted diseases that are generated by sex that is traded for money and drugs," said Dr. Thomas Schlenker, with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. "And we have that here, too, in San Antonio, but why that is generating so much syphilis, that is something we don't know."

http://www.ksat.com/news/Metro-Health-Syphilis-epidemic-in-San-Antonio/-/478452/18073194/-/1254apnz/-/index.html

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sarin Jan 2013 #1
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:55 AM

1. Wooo!

We're #1! We're #1!

Oh wait...

Damnit, I live in San Antonio too...what the heck man? Why is it so high?

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Response to sarin (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:29 AM

2. Could it be that everyone in the city had the same health education teacher in high school as me?

That idiot taught us all about gentile diseases and using raincoats for protection.

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Response to sarin (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:10 AM

3. ROFL

I'm in San Antonio too.

On a serious note, article points to lack of prenatal care.
That is nothing new around here.

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Response to sarin (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:20 AM

4. I had clients wrecked by syphilis in SA.

I never thought I'd see one, let alone multiple, clients disabled by syphilis... until I got to San Antonio. Honestly, it's at least in part about basic awareness in the medical system, and generally poor care for people in the county-supported and charity medical care systems. One of them was seen for "puzzling" symptoms by a doctor - and more than one specialist - for nearly 8 months before he was diagnosed and treated.

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