Syphilis Trending Down in S.A.

The number of syphilis cases in San Antonio is on a downward trend.

“We’re actually moving in the right direction,” Metro Health’s Doctor Anil Mangla told KTSA News.

“Our numbers of congenital syphilis has decreased by 44% from 2012, where we peaked, to 2015,” he said.

Primary and secondary syphilis cases have dropped by 27% from 2012 to 2015.

It’s not all good news though. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases are on the rise.

“We were doing well with Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, but our numbers in the last year (2015) have increased by a few percent,” Mangla said.

He hopes a new STD Mobile Clinic unit will help bring more testing and treatment into the community.

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