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Doctors Sound the Alarm as Potentially-Deadly STD Spreads Like Wildfire

Houston health officials are warning residents of a syphilis outbreak that is responsible for a 128% increase in cases among women.

The Houston Health Department said it has also led to a nine-fold rise in congenital syphilis in Houston and Harris County.

Statistics indicated that new infections rose by 57%, from 1,845 in 2019 to 2,905 in 2022.

The number of cases among women totaled 674 last year, which is up from 295 in 2019.

Congenital syphilis rose from 16 cases in 2016 to 151 cases in 2021, the latest year for which statistics are available.

The department said Thursday that it would launch a rapid outreach response to address the issue, including increasing screening opportunities, targeting hotspots and mobilizing community partners to curb new infections.

“It is crucial for pregnant women to seek prenatal care and syphilis testing to protect themselves from an infection that could result in the deaths of their babies,” Marlene McNeese Ward, deputy assistant director in the department’s Bureau of HIV/STI and Viral Hepatitis Prevention, said in a statement. “A pregnant woman needs to get tested for syphilis three times during her pregnancy.”

The department is waiving all clinical fees for sexually transmitted infections at its health centers and expanding the use of its HIV/STD mobile clinic

It is also working with medical providers and collaborating with community-based partners to increase awareness of the outbreak and enhance testing and treatment.

Testing is recommended three times: at a woman’s first prenatal visit, during the third trimester and at delivery.

Untreated syphilis during pregnancy can result in a stillbirth or a baby’s death soon after birth.

Notably, those with syphilis are at increased risk of HIV infection due to the painless sore that develops at the site of sexual contact during the disease’s first stage.

While syphilis is easily treatable with antibiotics, without treatment, the infection progresses to the secondary stage when one or more areas of the skin break into a rash.

Nevertheless, in most cases, syphilis goes undetected because the signs and symptoms are misinterpreted or unnoticed.

If untreated, the bacterium that causes syphilis remains in the body and begins to damage the internal organs.

The department recommends syphilis testing for pregnant women at their initial prenatal visit, third trimester and delivery; those who have had unprotected sex, people with multiple sex partners; men with anonymous sex partners; and people recently diagnosed with any other sexually transmitted disease.

  • h. johnson says:

    And yet, anyone who advocates for abstinence or sex within the confines of marriage is derided as a fool. Yeah, makes sense.

  • Tamirose170 says:

    Gee – Could it be that those COYOTES in Mexico are the ones Infected? Since they are raping women during passage – – and Houston is not seeing an outbreak in men in TX – – Could it be? You’d think that our Govt Agency would have a little bit more intelligence but who would trust them now anyways? IF they are not seeing men coming in with Syphilis and handing out PCN to them; well then the Men must NOT be within our Border but the Women are – hmm – This wasn’t all that hard to figure out. Can’t they contact their Mexico Counterpart and NOTIFY them that they have Diseased Dick on their side of the Rio Grande and we are seeing the resultant infections in women on the side. Threaten the Mexican SOB’s that we are going to take vaginal swabs & DNA and begin prosecuting the Coyote Rapist IF Mexico doesn’t step up and intervene, pass out 100’s of PCN scripts to the Human Trafficking Cartel & Coyotes. Force Mexico to do their part…PCN is cheap compared to the $ component that we will face with Pregnancy Care, Labor & Delivery & then potentially death of the infant. So Mexico has a $3 expense, USA has a 3K+ one. IF only our Govt was tough

  • Quasimodo 2020 says:

    Hmm millions of undocumented, unvaxed and had very little medical care in their life come across the border and now there are disease outbreaks, first it was untreatable TB now this. Liberals will kill us all one way or another.

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