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Milwaukee: More Than 100 Infected in ‘Cluster’ Outbreak of HIV and Syphilis

Posted on | March 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Milwaukee: More Than 100 Infected in ‘Cluster’ Outbreak of HIV and Syphilis

Something weird in Wisconsin:

An outbreak of sexually transmitted disease is hitting the Milwaukee area, and an alarming percentage of the patients are teenagers.
According to The Journal Sentinel, at least 125 people — including some high school students — have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection “clusters” discovered in the city. . . .
“This is an epidemic people are not talking about enough, and it leads to people taking unnecessary risks,” said Melissa Ugland, a public health consultant told the newspaper.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a “cluster” as “an unusual aggregation, of disease that are grouped together in time and place.” Ugland told the newspaper this cluster was identified because patients could all be connected, and were in contact with each other during a 12-month period.
Most of those who were tested in the group were men and 45 percent were HIV positive, according to Ugland and other health care advocates. . . .
The Milwaukee Health Department released a statement that the entire city is experiencing an increase in sexually transmitted infections in young people ages 15 to 24.

Gosh, an outbreak of sexually transmitted disease that seems to be clustered among teen boys and young men in Milwaukee. Hmmm. . . .

(Hat-tip: Kirby McCain on Twitter.)



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