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TEXAS: STD Numbers Rising at Alarming Rate in Ector County, ECISD Getting Involved (Midland) (05.09.12) - Friday, May 11, 2012

STDs are on the rise in Ector County, health rankings show. From January to March of this year, the county logged 38 cases of gonorrhea and 65 of chlamydia, up from 15 cases of gonorrhea and 37 of chlamydia in the same period last year. "It's been a sensitive topic that's not easily addressed in this area," said Gino Solla of the Ector County Health Department. Most patients are high-school students or people in their 20s, but "we've had 13-year-olds come in," Solla said. In response, the department is teaming with the Ector County Independent School District for a May 17 forum at Odessa High School and Permian High School. During the presentation, students can anonymously submit questions to health professionals. "There will be three physicians present to answer any questions, and it will be done in a very dignified and private manner," said Shawn Bell, ECISD's executive director of instructional support services.


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