Welcome to Your Dad's STDs: Syphilis on the Rise in Houston
The WWII vibe is heavy these days in Houston, as health officials have announced a comeback of the Greatest Generation's STD, syphilis.
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services has officially declared a syphilis outbreak in the city and county, and that's no fun.
"There were 318 infectious syphilis cases, known as primary and secondary syphilis, from January through August of this year," the agency says. "The number of cases totaled 264 in 2011."
So someone's out there misbehaving.
Among the suspects, for which the HDHHS recommends immediate testing: men who have sex with men; people who engage in anonymous sex; anyone who has had multiple sex partners; and people who test positive for other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV.
In other words, Washington Avenue.
HDHHS will be offering expanded opportunities to get tested, at Sharpstown Health Services, 6201 Bonhomme; Sunnyside Health Center, 4605 Wilmington; and Northside Health Center, 8504 Schuller.
And they offer reasons to do so:
Syphilis is easily treatable with antibiotics. However, without adequate treatment, syphilis infection progresses to the secondary stage when one or more areas of the skin breaks into a rash -- usually non-itchy and most typically on the palms and soles. Other second stage symptoms can also include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches and fatigue.
There's a chart if you need your info in PowerPointese:
And if that doesn't do it for you, watch this video...IF YOU DARE: