Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-02-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Cook County has most syphilis cases in U.S.
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2011-11-23

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


According to new data released from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cook County, Ill. is first among the U.S. counties documenting reported cases of syphilis, according to the Huffington Post.

Cook County had 799 reported cases of syphilis in 2010; Los Angeles County, New York County, San Francisco County and Miami-Dade County, Fla., round out the top five.

Dr. Bechara Choucair, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, told CBS Chicago that cases had declined in Chicago in recent years, but that "we are seeing an uptick and that's the concern we have right now." Dr. Susan Gerber of the Cook County Department of Public Health noted an increase in suburban Cook County last year—specifically, a 72-percent increase in primary and secondary cases.

Gerber told CBS that number is likely "just the tip of the iceberg," as many people have not gotten tested.

Amy Poore, director of public relations for the Cook County Department of Public Health, told Windy City Times, "We knew, just based on our own surveillance, that the rates are on a continual increase. We know that, based on this report from the CDC, we are in line with the national trends."

"But, at the time, we are limited because we don't have any syphilis-prevention funds; they were taken away [a few years ago]. What we do have is our internal task force that we're putting together that'll put materials together to go out and we can utilize our partners so we can get prevention messages back out in the community. It's just really difficult when you have no funding to do it." (She stressed that the department's jurisdiction only covers the suburban Cook County area, not Chicago.)

USA Today reported that the syphilis rate fell 1.6 percent overall from 2009 to 2010—its first decrease in a decade. However, the rate among young Black men rose 134 percent since 2006, with the rate rising sharply among young African-American gay and bisexual men.

According to the CDC's website, symptoms of syphilis include sores (chancres), fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, patchy hair loss and non-itching rashes on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet. It is easy to cure in its early stages; a single intramuscular injection of the antibiotic penicillin will cure a person who has had the disease for less than a year.

The CDC's report, "Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2010," is at www.cdc.gov/std/stats10/default.htm.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

LGBTQ Victory Fund condemns homophobic campaign of Florida state Senate candidate 2020-02-27
Majority of active duty servicemembers oppose trans military ban 2020-02-27
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL James Crawley on running again, having LGBTQ judges 2020-02-27
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL Deidre Baumann seeks diversity on Cook County bench 2020-02-27
ELECTIONS 2020 Report: 378K trans citizens could encounter voting hurdles 2020-02-27
Advocates support health-education bill for public schools 2020-02-26
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL Transgender attorney Jill Rose Quinn on judicial race, making history 2020-02-25
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL Associate Judge Mary Cay Marubio on race, reasons 2020-02-25
Victory Fund hosts fundraiser for endorsed Illinois LGBTQ candidates 2020-02-25
WORLD Bollywood film, UK employers, assault, Rainbow Railroad 2020-02-25
HRC releases 2020 presidential survey, candidate responses 2020-02-24
ELECTIONS 2020 Feigenholtz endorses Pizer to succeed her 2020-02-24
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL (FLEMING VAC.) Trowbridge on race, lessons, LGBT judges 2020-02-24
Gay Ireland prime minister resigns 2020-02-23
'Drag Them to the Polls!' moved to Feb. 28 2020-02-22
Nevada slugfest: Warren and Buttigieg score solid points 2020-02-20
Windy City Times printable election charts 2020-02-19
ELECTIONS 2020 Guide to the LGBTQs 2020-02-19
ELECTIONS 2020 COOK COUNTY CLERK Jacob Meister talks hopes for reforms 2020-02-19
ELECTIONS 2020: ILLINOIS STATE REP (5TH DISTRICT) Lamont Robinson on past accomplishments, future goals 2020-02-19
Census official talks LGBTQs' relevance 2020-02-19
LGBT-procurement goals make up main part of MWRD meeting 2020-02-19
'Drag Them to the Polls!' Feb. 20 2020-02-19
ELECTIONS 2020 Early voting info; election judges needed 2020-02-19
ELECTIONS 2020 ILLINOIS STATE REP (9TH DISTRICT) Candidate Ty Cratic on LGBT issues, campaign challenges 2020-02-19
ELECTIONS 2020 JUDGES (COGHLAN VACANCY) James Derico Jr. on current judgeship, church, LGBTQ history 2020-02-19
Applications open for Chicago community advisory councils 2020-02-19
NATIONAL Legislators walk out, hit-and-run arrest, lawsuits, Dan Reynolds 2020-02-18
WORLD Marriage in Mexico, European report, arrests in journalist's murder 2020-02-18
Candace Gingrich endorses Warren at LGBTQ event 2020-02-15
Local deportation defense group calls for vigilance, reporting ICE, border patrol activity 2020-02-14
Reports: Tactical border agents to deploy to immigrant-welcoming cities 2020-02-14
Howard Brown Health unveils expansion plans for North and South sides 2020-02-14
EI announces legislative endorsements, including 13 LGBTQ legislative candidates 2020-02-14
Lambda: Brasher's confirmation to 11th Circuit threatens civil rights for LGBTs 2020-02-12
Decades after San Francisco closed gay bathhouses, new law makes way for return 2020-02-12
Buttigieg's historic campaign finishes second in N.H. 2020-02-12
NATIONAL Backlash in Tennessee, judge dies, voucher program, hate-crimes bill 2020-02-11
WORLD Swiss vote, Northern Ireland wedding, Tanzania report, bishops convene 2020-02-11
Pizer sworn in for 12th District post 2020-02-10
 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.