County Advances To Top Spot, For Syphilis

According to the Escambia County Florida Department of Health . . .

Since 2010, Escambia County has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of syphilis each year. Prior to 2010, we averaged from 20-25 cases per year. In 2012, we had a total of 106 cases of syphilis reported in Escambia County. Currently, Escambia County is ranked #1 in the state of Florida for the number of cases reported.

Between the contaminated waters, and syphilis, it seems we have a lot more to worry about than what kind of development unrelated to a park is going to be built in a “park.”

The health department’s website recommends the following:

You could have syphilis and not even know it. A syphilis infection may have no signs or symptoms. The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County recommends that any sexually active residents get tested.

  • Syphilis spreads by direct contact with syphilis sores. It can be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.
  • Symptoms may include the following:
 ͦ  Painless sores
ͦ  Body rashes
ͦ  Patchy hair loss
  • Some people never have symptoms.
  • Syphilis sores may disappear, but the disease will continue to progress.
  • Syphilis is treatable, but left untreated it can be deadly.

If you are sexually active, see your primary care physician to get tested or go to:

Escambia Community Clinic
2200 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501
Florida Department of Health
Escambia County
Pensacola, Florida 32503
Offers testing for HIV and other STDs
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.
No appointment necessary.
Offers testing for HIV and other STDs on Monday (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.), and
Tuesday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.Appointments only.
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