(Houston Chronicle) Syphilis is spiking in Houston and Harris County, mostly the result of men having sex with men, local health officials said Wednesday.
Houston's health department reported a near doubling in the number of new infectious syphilis cases during the first eight months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. The increase reverses a trend of syphilis cases decreasing between 2008 and 2011.
"It's very alarming," said Lupita Thornton, program manager for sexually transmitted diseases for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. "We hope it's alarming to the Houston-area community so people who know they're at risk get tested."
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