Pennsylvania: Rise in Syphilis, Cuts in Funding a Worry in Philadelphia
March 29, 2010
Public health workers seeking to thwart the spread of STDs in Philadelphia are facing twin challenges: a sharp rise in syphilis, concurrent with a 34 percent reduction in state funding for city HIV prevention efforts. The lost money would have supported HIV testing for 8,000 people, together with risk-reduction services for 4,000.
Last year the city saw four babies born with congenital syphilis, two of which were delivered by Dr. Dimitrios S. Mastrogiannis, director of maternal/fetal medicine at Temple University Hospital. One mother who had received no prenatal care presented for delivery with preeclampsia, a dangerous combination of high blood pressure and other conditions indicating immediate delivery or abortion. Her baby was born with a rash and bone abnormality typical of syphilis and required a 10-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.
03.20.2010; Don Sapatkin
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