Tennessee: Knox County Health Department Issues Syphilis Alert
July 21, 2005
On Wednesday, Knox County health officials issued a communicable disease alert spurred by a cluster of cases of syphilis, including at least two in sex workers. The Knox County Health Department has seen five confirmed cases of syphilis in the past 10 days, with a strong connection to people who exchange sex for money or drugs. Dr. Stephanie Hall, public health officer for Knox County, said some of those infected have had anonymous sexual contacts who could unknowingly spread the STD to a spouse or other sexual partner. The Health Department, law enforcement, and community organizations are distributing educational flyers urging people to be tested confidentially at the Health Department's Communicable Disease Clinic, 140 Dameron Ave.
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