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Syphilis, HIV cases climb in Pima County

Posted at 5:50 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 13:23:01-04

The number of Syphilis cases throughout Pima County have increased when compared to previous years, prompting the Pima County Health Department to release a Health Alert Network Notification.

The notification is specifically about the statewide outbreak of Syphilis in women and babies in Arizona.

In Pima County, in 2015, there were no cases of Syphilis among pregnant women, in 2016 that number jumped to one case, in 2017 the number of cases more than doubled to three, and so far in 2018 there have been three cases.

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In order to help end the increasing trend, the Pima County Health Department is working to get the word out on some of the services they offer. 

The health department not only offers testing and treatment, but they also offer various forms of education. 

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The department has a mobile clinic that travels around town and focuses around outreach and education to healthcare providers, schools, teens, and anyone who is interested.