New data shows syphilis, HIV cases grow locally

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — New data reports growing numbers in sexually transmitted diseases in Kansas.

State data shows that syphilis rates have more than doubled statewide over the past four years.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 145 syphilis cases were reports in Kansas in 2014, compared to 58 cases that were reported in 2011.

In Kansas, men were three times more likely to have syphilis than women. The disease was most common among 20- to 29-year-olds. African-Americans were more likely to have syphilis than other groups.

Not-yet-finalized Sedgwick County data shows that local HIV cases are also growing. The number of cases is on track to surpass the county’s previous record-high.

 

 

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