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Dating apps may be behind high syphilis case numbers

Posted at 9:26 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 20:32:27-04

The CDC is reporting some of the highest numbers of syphilis cases in about 20 years. Here in Pima County, the health department reported more than double the average number of cases for the third year in a row.

Cases of adult syphilis spiked in 2014  to nearly triple the number in 2013. The health department said the rise in dating apps over the past couple years has played a big role in the spread of infections like syphilis.

While numbers have slightly declined since 2014, Dr. Francisco Garcia  says cases of congenital syphilis are on the rise, which is alarming to doctors.

You can also direct message the Pima County Health Department on Facebook for information and answers.

Here are the three clinics now offering free syphilis screening:

Theresa Lee Public Health Center
1493 W Commerce Ct.
(520) 724-7900 

North Clinic
3550 North First Ave.
(520) 724-2880

East Clinic 
6920 East Broadway Blvd.
(520) 724-9660