Syphilis Cases Rise in Hamilton County

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga, as well as the rest of the country, is seeing a significant increase in Syphilis.

Over the last year Hamilton County has seen a 65% increase in reported cases.

Hamilton County’s Sexual Health Clinic is doing their best to curb infections in our community.

Dr. Stephen Miller with HC Health Department says, “It’s very important that people be informed, and they take measures to protect themselves and the people that they’re with from Syphilis and other STD’s.”

Syphilis is spread from person to person by direct contact with an infected sore.

Sores can appear in, on, or around the genitalia, lips or mouth.

Hamilton County Health Department encourages people to practice safe sex by using condoms and having honest conversations with your partners.

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