Knvn.com (05.20.2013) Aids Weekly Plus
California’s Butte County Public Health Department has seen an increase in the number of syphilis cases so far for 2013. In the first quarter, the department investigated four syphilis cases, which is normally the average total for a year, according to Dr. Mark Lundberg, a Butte County health officer. In investigating the four cases, the department identified 19 sexual contacts or possible exposures. All the cases were young men in their late teens to early 20s, who have sex with men; contacts included both males and females, and some were anonymous. The health department advises individuals who believe they may be at risk to get tested. Testing requires a visit to a doctor’s office or clinic for a blood test; the disease can be treated with antibiotics. Testing is available at Butte County Public Health Department clinics in Chico and Oroville. For more information or to make an appointment, call (530) 891–2731 in Chico or (530) 538–7341 in Oroville. The county health department also offers information on its Web site, www.buttecounty.net/publichealth, and its STD information line, 1–877–STD–INFO.