Effort Underway to Educate Everyone about Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. An effort by the Texas Department of Health Services to educate everyone about a growing problem, and West Texas isn't an exception to these diseases.

There has been a slight growing number of cases of gonorrhea, clamedia, and believe it or not Big Spring had more cases of syphilis in 2007 than Odessa and Midland.

This State Department has planned several events during the month to educate people on ways they can protect themselves against an infection.

"Our community is young and there's a lot of young people out there just having sex and unprotected sex, and the ages continue to be younger and younger," Oscar Hernandez with the Midland Health Department, told NewsWest 9.

If you would like to receive a free H.I.V. and syphilis testing contact the Health Department at 683-9492.