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Syphillis Outbreak Strikes Marion County

Last updated on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Marion County health department is scrambling to figure out where an outbreak of syphilis came from.

Paul Babcock with the health department says 60-70 new cases of syphilis in a downtown clinic just in the last few months. That's more than the total number of syphilis cases in 2007.

Babcock says it's important to get tested for that and HIV/AIDS. Today is national HIV Testing Day. The health department is offering HIV tests at more than 20 sites across the area.

Babcock says more than 4600 people are living with HIV and AIDS in the area.

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