STDs Rises In Glynn County
Glynn County health officials report a significant rise in syphilis rates in 2008. In the late 1990's rates of syphilis had declined, but since that time the rates in Glynn County have been on the rise. Per state surveillance data, the rates for syphilis in Glynn County have doubled from year 2007 to 2008.
The increase concerns Glynn County Health Department officials. This disturbing trend needs to be addressed and appropriate preventive actions taken.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is often called 'the great imitator' because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.
Many infected people don't have symptoms for years. A laboratory test and/or medical exam can confirm whether someone has syphilis. Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with syphilis sores.
The greater the number of sex partners a person has, the greater the risk of syphilis and all STD infections. In 2007, 44,218 chlamydia cases, 18,380 gonorrhea cases and 697 syphilis cases were reported in Georgia, according to the November 2008 Edition of the 'Georgia Epidemiology Report'. Of the 697 cases of syphilis, 55 cases were in Glynn County, which is 7.9% of the total reported cases for Georgia.
The Glynn County Health Department is concerned about this increase. They will be working in the community to educate people about syphilis and how to avoid contracting it and other STD's.
Testing for syphilis is available at no cost at the Glynn County Health Department on 2747 Fourth Street. The Health Department staff will also be taking the mobile medical unit to different sections of town for easier access for testing purposes. If you feel you need to be tested or have concerns see a health care provider.